Merger Watch

Knights expands with South Coast merger

Knights has continued its expansion with the acquisition of Coffin Mew. The acquisition will add 102 fee earners to Knights, which has expanded rapidly though mergers in the last few years. Prior acquisitions include Spearing Waite, ASB, Shulmans, Mundays, Keebles, Archers Law and most recently Langleys. Under the terms of the acquisition, Knights will acquire […]

Law firm mergers and acquisitions

The following is a table of mergers and acquisitions made by law firms since 2009. It is impossible to make such a list completely exhaustive but it contains the majority of mergers involving UK200 firms, as well as the major tie-ups between large firms in the United States of America. The UK200 rank and revenue […]

Seddons-Lawrence Stephens merger collapses late on

The proposed merger between London firms Seddons and Lawrence Stephens will not take place after talks fell through. The tie-up looked to be a done deal after the pair announced in April they were in advanced discussions to combine in October 2022. The deal would have created a firm of over 180 people with turnover […]

Latest UK200 merger to create £25m West End firm

Consolidation in the lower half of the UK200 has continued with two London firms entering merger talks. Seddons of Portman Square is in advanced discussions with Farringdon-based Lawrence Stephens, with the likely combination set to create a firm of over 180 people turnover of £25m. The firm has set its sights on hitting £30m and […]

St Botolph, Clyde & Co

Clydes and BLM partners say “yes” to £700m merger

Clyde & Co and BLM have agreed to a merger between the two firms in a transformational deal for the legal insurance market. The two firms started to talk at the end of last year, with negotiations remaining tight throughout . The vote was last week, with the combination going live in July. Under the […]

Lewis Silkin bags second Northern Ireland merger

Lewis Silkin has expanded in Northern Ireland though a merger with local tech, IP and media firm Forde Campbell. The move adds three partners to Lewis Silkin’s Belfast offering, which was launched in 2021 when the firm merged with employment boutique Jones Cassidy Brett. Lewis Silkin initially launched on the island of Ireland in 2018 […]

Knights acquires York firm Langleys for £11.5m

Listed firm Knights has continued its acquisition spree with the purchase of York and Lincoln firm Langleys Solicitors. The merger is expected to go through on 25 March, with Knights acquiring Langleys from its four existing equity partners on a debt free, cash free basis for a total consideration of £11.5m subject to working capital […]

Weightmans strikes merger deal with City firm

Weightmans is merging with London-headquartered firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur in a move that will double the size of the national firm’s City office and significantly extend its healthcare practice. The two firms are still ironing out the details but have agreed headline terms on the deal and are now in formal contract negotiations with a view to […]

Shakespeare Martineau joins forces with South East firm in 2022’s first merger

Shakespeare Martineau has added another law firm to Ampa, its ever-growing ‘house of brands’. Mayo Wynne Baxter, which has offices in Brighton, Eastbourne, its original home of Lewes and four other locations across Sussex, will retain its own name but be integrated into Ampa, the holding LLP which contains Shakespeare Martineau as well as consumer-law […]