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MergerLine UK

The table below lists publicly reported mergers involving UK-based law firms in the Lawyer 100 or which are likely to be in the Lawyer 100 as a result of their merger, starting from January 2011.

Our strategic alliance partner, Altman Weil, Inc., developed MergerLine in 2007 to track all reported law firm mergers involving US law firms. The list is available at www.altmanweil.com/MergerLine.

2016

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
14/04/2016DWFManchester850Fox HartleyBristol16 staffDWF
01/02/2016DLA PiperN/A3,700Peltonen LMRHelsinki, Finland30DLA Piper Finland*
* Name change only for Firm 2

2015

Dentons is no longer listed in The Lawyer UK 100 so their combinations this year are not included on the Mergerline UK.

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
16/12/2015DWFManchester813BridgehouseLawCologne, Munich40DWF
09/12/2015KennedysLondon549ErritzøeCopenhagen12Kennedys
26/11/2015Irwin MitchellSheffield605Thomas EggarChichester156Irwin Mitchell
16/09/2015Clyde & CoLondon315 partnersSimpson & MarwickEdinburgh45 partnersClyde & Co
14/09/2015Trowers & HamlinsLondon593 staffStones SolicitorsExeter80 staffTrowers & Hamlins
08/07/2015Wragge Lawrence Graham & CoLondon700GowlingsToronto & Ottawa700Gowling WLG
11/06/2015EvershedsLondon1,218Heisse KursaweMunich28 partnersEversheds Deutschland LLP*
22/05/2015ShakespearesBirmingham221SGH MartineauBirmingham137Shakespeare Martineau
08/05/2015Blake MorganReading360Piper Smith WattonLondon12 partnersBlake Morgan
08/05/2015Blake MorganReading360Piper Smith WattonLondon12 partnersBlake Morgan
23/04/2015DWFManchester2,500 StaffWatmoresLondon12DWF
02/03/2015DLA PiperN/A4,000DavisVancouver250DLA Piper Canada*
10/02/2015Slater & Gordon (UK)London1,450 staffWalker Smith WayChester80 staffSlater & Gordon (dual-branded for 12 months)
10/02/2015Slater & Gordon (UK)London1,450 staffLeo Abse & CohenCardiff150 staffSlater & Gordon (dual-branded for 12 months)
* Name change only for Firm 2

2014

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
12/12/2014DMH StallardLondon76AWB PartnershipGuildford37DMH Stallard
06/11/2014Irwin MitchellLondon526Berkeley LawLondon9N/A
02/11/2014EvershedsLondon1,218Juridia ButzowHelsinki102JB Eversheds*
28/10/2014DLA PiperN/A4,200Gallastegui y LozanoMexico City7 PartnersDLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano*
20/10/2014Bird & BirdLondon918Truman HoyleSydney24Bird & Bird
06/10/2014Shepherd & WedderburnEdinburgh225Tods MurrayEdinburgh79Shepherd & Wedderburn
26/09/2014Berrymans Lace MawerLondon440Campbell Fitzpatrick SolicitorsBelfast21Berrymans Lace Mawer
02/09/2014DLA PiperN/A4,200Haškovcová & CoPrague9DLA Piper
11/08/2014Harper MacleodGlasgow121Bird SempleGlasgow14Harper Macleod
16/07/2014Charles RussellLondon273Speechly BirchamLondon195Charles Russell Speechlys
07/07/2014Hogan LovellsLondon2,280BSTLMexico City70Hogan Lovells
02/05/2014HowardKennedyFsiLondon184CKFTLondon7 PartnersHowardKennedyFsi
28/04/2014Gordon Dadds+++London30Davenport LyonsLondon81N/A
09/04/2014DentonsN/A2,600KapdiTwalaCape Town5Dentons
20/03/2014Blake LapthornS'thampton234Morgan ColeCardiff170Blake Morgan
18/03/2014Sutherland++Atlanta, USA422ArbisLondon5Arbis Sutherland*
17/03/2014Berrymans Lace MawerLondon408HBM SayersGlasgow30Berrymans Lace Mawer
04/03/2014Bircham Dyson BellLondon103Ambrose ApplebeLondon12Bircham Dyson Bell
07/02/2014Field Fisher WaterhouseLondon321HeatonsManchester20Field Fisher Waterhouse
* Name change only for Firm 2
++ Merger is not between Top 100 UK law firms, but is significant to the UK legal market.
+++ Gordon Dadds is acquiring Davenport Lyons from administration.

2013

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
12/12/2013CMS Cameron McKennaLondon2,335Dundas & WilsonGlasgow276N/A
11/12/2013Wragge & CoB'ham458Lawrence GrahamLondon170Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
09/12/2013Pinsent MasonsLondon1,258Ichay & MullenexParis6Pinsent Masons
02/12/2013DAC BeachcroftLondon974De La Torre & MonroyBogota8DAC Beachcroft
28/11/2013Slater & Gordon (UK)London170PannoneManchesterTBCSlater & Gordon
20/11/2013Hogan LovellsLondon2,280Routledge ModiseJo'burg120Hogan Lovells
15/11/2013Irwin MitchellLondon600MPH SolicitorsManchester29 StaffIrwin Mitchell
24/10/2013Slater & Gordon (UK)London158John Pickering & PartnersManchester8 PartnersSlater & Gordon
14/10/2013PenningtonsLondon132ManchesLondon125Penningtons Manches
01/10/2013Veale Wasbrough VizardsBristol123George CarterLondon5Veale Wasbrough Vizards
05/09/2013ShakespearesB'ham264Newsome VaughanCoventry7 PartnersN/A
21/08/2013Slater & Gordon (UK)London132Fentons SolicitorsLondon/Manchester280 StaffN/A
31/07/2013SJ BerwinLondon493King & Wood MallesonsHong Kong1,800King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin*
17/07/2013Cripps Harries HallTunbridge Wells96Vertex LawKings Hill, Kent31N/A^^
8/07/2013Field Fisher WaterhouseLondon358Ryser & AssociatesShanghai19Field Fisher Ryser*
31/05/2013KennedysLondon434Gates & PartnersLondon54Kennedys
31/05/2013BGL GroupPeterbr'ghN/AMinster LawYork800 StaffN/A
31/05/2013ShakespearesB'ham264MarronsLeicester14N/A
07/05/2013Slater & Gordon (UK)London132Goodmans LawLiverpool50 StaffSlater & Gordon
07/05/2013Slater & Gordon (UK)London132Simpson MillarLeeds70Slater & Gordon
07/05/2013Plexus Law/ParabisLondon406GreenwoodsPeterborough104N/A
24/04/2013Mills & ReeveLondon332George DaviesManchester54Mills & Reeve
10/04/2013Thomas EggarCrawley137Pritchard EnglefieldLondon40Thomas Eggar
11/03/2013Bird & BirdLondon918Bender von Haller DragstedCopenhagen19Bird & Bird
27/02/2013ShoosmithsN'hampton324Laurence Kaye SolicitorsRadlett, Herts4Shoosmiths
22/02/2013Norton RoseLondon2,900Armstrong Mitchell LawyersCalgary4N/A
31/01/2013DWFManchester2,000 StaffCobbettsManchester500 StaffN/A
18/01/2013DWFManchester1,780 StaffFishburnsLondon210 StaffDWF Fishburns
* Name change only for Firm 2
^^ Merger may result in a Top 100 law firm by revenue.

2012

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
07/12/2012Bond PearceBristol244Dickinson DeesNewcastle215Bond Dickinson
28/11/2012SNR DentonLondon/DC1,250FMCToronto530Dentons
28/11/2012SNR DentonLondon/DC1,250SalansParis750Dentons
14/11/2012Norton RoseLondon2,900Fulbright & JaworskiHouston, Texas850Norton Rose Fulbright
9/10/2012BurnessGlasgow35 PartnersPaull & WilliamsonsAberdeen25 PartnersBurness Paull & Williamsons
8/10/2012Freeth Cartwright^^^Nottingham174HenmansOxford21 PartnersHenmans Freeth*
3/09/2012DMH StallardLondon94CallaghansFarnham, Surrey3 PartnersDMH Stallard
29/08/2012DLA PiperVerein3,746Frieh BouhenicParis26DLA Piper
08/08/2012Howard KennedyLondon121Finers Stephens InnocentLondon69Howard Kennedy FSI
28/06/2012Herbert SmithLondon1,600FreehillsSydney1,200Herbert Smith Freehills
21/06/2012ShoosmithsN'hampton105 PartnersArchibald Campbell & HarleyEdinburgh20ACH Shoosmiths*
07/06/2012DWFManchester1,500 StaffBiggart BaillieGlasgow40 PartnersN/A
24/05/2012ShakespearesBirmingham210Harvey IngramLeicester400 StaffN/A
23/05/2012DAC BeachcroftLondon230 PartnersSegurosLex + Amunategui y CiaSantiago8 LawyersN/A
09/05/2012TLTBristol188Anderson FyfeGlasgow8 PartnersTLT Scotland *
04/05/2012Taylor WessingLondon638ENWCVienna24 PartnersTaylor Wessing ENWC *
02/04/2012DWFManchester104 PartnersBuller JeffriesBirmingham20DWF
29/03/2012Osborne ClarkeBristol362SLA Studio Legale AssociatoMilan14 PartnersOsborne Clarke
29/03/2012Osborne ClarkeBristol362Osborne Clarke SpainBarcelona6 PartnersOsborne Clarke
22/03/2012DAC Beachcroft^London230 PartnersAndersons SolicitorsGlasgow40DAC Beachcroft Scotland*
05/03/2012AshfordsExeter140Rochman LandauLondon35Ashfords
06/02/2012Duke Street**London0Parabis Law GroupLondon93Parabis Law Group
06/02/2012Pinsent MasonsLondon879McGrigorsGlasgow378Pinsent Masons
01/02/2012Wedlake BellLondon80Cumberland EllisLondon39Wedlake Bell
30/01/2012Slater & GordonMelbourne, Australia1,000 StaffRussell Jones & WalkerLondon133Russell Jones & Walker part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers
16/01/2012MacfarlanesLondon224D Harris & Co InternationalLondon8Macfarlanes
* Name change only for Firm 2
** This is not a merger between law firms, the deal represents a major investment by a private equity fund.
^ The deal between DAC Beachcroft and Andersons Solicitors is a joint venture.
^^ Merger may result in a Top 100 law firm by revenue.
^^^ Structured as an investment in Henmans by Freeth Cartwright, expected to result in full integration.

2011

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
25/11/2011DWFManchester438CrutesNewcastle48DWF
10/11/2011ShakespearesBirmingham194Wood GlaisterSolihull13Shakespeares
10/11/2011ShakespearesBirmingham194Gorrara HadenBirmingham7Shakespeares
04/10/2011Norton RoseLondon1,512Macleod DixonCalgary, Canada180Norton Rose Canada *
19/09/2011Freeth CartwrightNottingham147KimbellsMilton Keynes29Kimbells Freeth *
27/06/2011BeachcroftLondon721Davies Arnold CooperLondon170DAC Beachcroft
23/06/2011AshurstLondon795Blake DawsonSydney, Australia828Ashurst
03/06/2011Clyde & CoLondon623Barlow Lyde & GilbertLondon350Clyde & Co
01/06/2011KennedysLondon397O'Hare O'ConnorDublin, Ireland7 PartnersKennedys Ireland *
25/05/2011EvershedsLondon1,356KSLGGroup of several Middle East Firms30Eversheds
20/05/2011MartineauBirmingham96Sprecher Grier HalberstamLondon43SGH Martineau
NA06/04/2011PenningtonsLondon106Wedlake SaintLondon3 PartnersPenningtons
22/03/2011WeightmansLiverpool333Mace & JonesLiverpool160 StaffWeightmans
14/03/2011PenningtonsLondon106DawsonsLondon40Penningtons
08/03/2011WeightmansLiverpool333Vizards WyethDartford25Weightmans
07/03/2011Clyde & CoLondon623Nicholl Paskell-MedeMontreal, Canada40Clyde & Co
01/03/2011KennedysLondon397Almeida & AthayleLisbon, Portugal5Kennedys Portugal *
16/02/2011Clifford ChanceLondon2,466Chang Pistilli & SimmonsSydney, Australia29Clifford Chance
16/02/2011Clifford ChanceLondon2,466Cochrane Lishman Carson LuscombePerth, Australia17Clifford Chance
27/01/2011DLA PiperLondon2,181DLA Phillips FoxSydney, Australia700DLA Piper
11/01/2011Trowers & HamlinsLondon300Nour Law OfficeCairo, Egypt20Trowers & Hamlins
* Name change only for Firm 2