Lovells plots Boesebecks marriage

Lovell White Durrant is in merger talks with another of Germany's biggest law firms.

The London-based international firm is in advanced negotiations with Boesebeck Droste and is expecting to vote on the merger in the autumn.

Earlier this year Boesebecks terminated merger discussions with Clifford Chance and it is believed that those talks overlapped with negotiations with Lovells.

Lovells has 12 offices outside the UK but currently has no presence in Germany.

Boesebecks is Germany's fourth biggest law firm formed after the merger four years ago of Boesebeck Barz & Partner, which was Germany's leading firm during the seventies, with trade mark specialist firm Droste.

Boesebecks counts a good handful of blue chip multinationals among its clients, including Deutsche Post. It also has a large client base among medium-sized firms.