Merger Watch


Ince to go public after striking a deal with Gordon Dadds

Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co have agreed to a £110m tie-up, in a move that will create the UK’s largest listed law firm by revenue. It was announced on the London Stock Exchange this morning that Aim-listed Gordon Dadds has agreed terms to acquire Ince, including its international LLP. The new firm will be […]


Cripps to merge with Pemberton Greenish in bid for South East weight

In a move that will further open up the lower mid-market, South East firm Cripps is to significantly expand its London presence through a merger with £11.6m property and private wealth-focused Pemberton Greenish – a deal that will see it overtake regional stalwarts such as Walker Morris and Foot Anstey. The December deal will create […]


Divisions emerge as Ince partners gather for merger debrief

A proposed merger with Gordon Dadds will be high on the agenda at Ince & Co‘s partner conference in London this weekend, with at least one of the insurance firm’s international offices already understood to have voiced their opposition to the deal. The Lawyer understands that Ince’s Paris office has told senior management it will not […]

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TLT seals deal with real estate firm for second Scottish bolt-on

TLT has acquired Glasgow commercial real estate firm Leslie Wolfson to enhance its offering in the Scottish city and add three partners to its more than 200-strong real estate practice. Leslie Wolfson senior partner Howard Beach joins the Bristol-headquartered firm along with partners Andrew McCowan and Donna Strong, while Alan Carlton – Leslie Wolfson’s fourth […]

DWF growth plans accelerate with new US association

DWF has gained a firm foothold in the US after announcing an association with Los Angeles-headquartered Wood Smith Henning & Berman (WSHB), giving it access to 22 locations in the world’s largest legal market. The deal marks another huge step for DWF and is the first major announcement the firm has made since the news […]

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Bircham Dyson Bell applies for ABS licence after Pitmans merger

Ahead of further consolidation in the mid-market, Bircham Dyson Bell has confirmed a tie-up with Pitmans and revealed it intends to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS) post-merger. The two firms announced at the start of this month that they were in talks, claiming today that partners “voted overwhelmingly” in favour of a merger. The […]

Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans to vote on £52m tie-up

Partners at City outfit Bircham Dyson Bell will vote on a tie-up with Pitmans later this month, which could create a firm with just over £52m in revenue. The firms said they have entered into exploratory merger discussions, with the vote scheduled for 27 September. They said: “We have decided to make this announcement now […]

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A&O and O’Melveny: At last some realism about global mergers

Oh, this is cute. A&O’s overture to O’Melveny & Myers yet again underlines the magic circle firm’s reputation for lateral thinking. For the last five years A&O has been consistently rumoured to be on the verge of doing a deal with Shearman & Sterling. Bypassing New York in favour of a West Coast play – […]

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