West Midlands merger creates top 100 UK firm

West Midlands firms Cartwright & Lewis and Challinors have announced they will merge, in a partnership that is expected to push the new firm into the top 10 in the region.

The agreement will come into effect from April 1, with 34 partners and 120 fee earners set to join the new firm, Challinors Incorporating Cartwright & Lewis.

The merged firm will retain its offices in Birmingham, West bromwich, Edgbaston, Harborne and Northfield.

A management board including three partners and chief executive David Higson will head up the firm, under the chairmanship of Trever Lee.

Lee said: “This imminent merger represents a turning point in (our) respecitve histories,” he said. “Both firms benefit from a shared strategic vision.”

Challinors specialises in clinical negligence, corporate, family law, conveyancing, personal injury, litigation and employment.

Cartwright & Lewis offers services in personal injury, family law, conveyancing corporate and private client.