Shakespeares in talks to merge with Leicester firm Marrons

Shakespeares is planning its sixth acquisition since 2010 through a tie-up with Leicester firm Marrons.

Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson

The merger is expected to go live in September and will strengthen the firm’s planning practice through the addition of town planners and lawyers.

Marrons is currently home to 32 staff including 12 planning lawyers, one consultant, and eight qualified town planners, led by principles John Edmond and Morag Thomson.

Shakespeares CEO Paul Wilson said the merger would diversify the firm’s exisiting planning group: “Marrons’ expertise perfectly complements our existing teams and this move is evidence of our wish to invest in and offer the full range of services to developers.”

The firms are in the final stage of due dilligence and expect to be able to announce the structure of the planning practice on the 1 September.

This will be the sixth merger for Shakepeares since 2010, making it one of the largest firms in the Midlands.

The latest, and largest, being with Harvey Ingram in July 2012 which made the firm the second largest in the region behind Wragg & Co (16 July 2012) and took combined turnover to £48.7m in 2011/12.

In June 2010 legacy Shakespeare Putsman merged with Midlands rival Needham & James (8 June 2010). Later the same year the firm acquired Nottingham-based Berryman (18 August 2010). It followed this in October that year with the acquisition of two-partner firm Gorrara Haden, followed shortly afterwards by the acquisition of Solihull-based Wood Glaister (10 November 2011).