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UK Law Firm Mergers

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.

2019

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
02/07/2019 Lewis Silkin London 167 Ablett & Stebbing London 3 partners Lewis Silkin
21/06/2019 DWF Manchester 932 Korosidis Lawyers Melbourne 16 people DWF
17/06/2019 Eversheds Sutherland London & Washington 2,800 Tilling Peters Moscow 9 Eversheds Sutherland
12/06/2019 Penningtons Manches London 265 Thomas Cooper London 26 partners Penningtons Manches Cooper
02/05/2019 DWF Manchester 932 K&L Gates Jamka sp.k Warsaw 11 partners DWF
25/04/2019 Fieldfisher London 531 McDowell Purcell Dublin 44 Fieldfisher
08/04/2019 Ince Gordon Dadds London 267 Rampart Corporate Advisors Gibraltar 16 people

2018

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
05/12/2018 Ashfords Exeter 184 Boyes Turner Reading 59 Ashfords
04/12/2018 Eversheds Sutherland London & Washington 2,800 Dvorak Hager & Partners Prague & Bratislava 49 *Eversheds Sutherland Czech Republic, *Eversheds Sutherland Slovak Republic
29/10/2018 Ince & Co London 254 Gordon Dadds London 103 Ince Gordon Dadds
26/10/2018 Cripps Kent 149 Pemberton Greenish London 43 Cripps
16/10/2018 TLT Bristol 368 Leslie Wolfson Glasgow 3 partners TLT
09/10/2018 Knights Staffordshire 214 Spearing Waite Leicester 59 fee earners Knights
28/09/2018 Bircham Dyson Bell London 124 Pitmans Reading 86 BDB Pitmans
25/09/2018 Fieldfisher London 467 Jausas Barcelona, Madrid 60 Fieldfisher
05/03/2018 DLA Piper London 3,886 Noguera, Larraín & Dulanto Santiago 30 DLA Piper BAZ NLD*
26/02/2018 Berwin Leighton Paisner London 612 Bryan Cave St. Louis, Missouri 870 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
17/01/2018 Charles Russell Speechlys London 426 Couchmans London 11 Charles Russell Speechlys
02/01/2018 Kennedys London 635 Alberto Bunge & Associates Buenos Aires 3 Kennedys
* Name change only for Firm 2

2017

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
08/08/2017 DMH Stallard London 99 Rawlison Butler Crawley Gatwick 14 Partners DMH Stallard
21/07/2017 Dentons N/A 7,445 Maclay Murray & Spens Glasgow 217 Dentons
21/07/2017 DLA Piper London 3,700 Liner Los Angeles 60 DLA Piper
10/07/2017 CMS London 2,719 PCM AVOCATS Monaco 14 CMS Pasquier Ciulla & Marquet*
03/07/2017 Fieldfisher London 420 Lucchini Gattamorta & Associates Bologna 15 Fieldfisher SAPSI*
28/06/2017 Kennedys London 975 Berg Manchester 8 partners Kennedys
01/06/2017 Bond Dickinson London 468 Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Winston-Salem 491 Womble Bond Dickinson
10/05/2017 Clyde & Co London 1,387 Garza Tello & Asociados Mexico City 23 Clyde & Co
04/05/2017 Kennedys London 975 Carroll McNulty & Kull New Jersey 100 Kennedys CMK*
31/03/2017 DLA Piper London 3,700 LETT Copenhagen & Aarhus 150 DLA Piper
08/03/2017 Mills & Reeve London 397 Maxwell Winward London 22 partners Mills & Reeve
07/03/2017 DLA Piper London 3,700 ABBC Lisbon 50 DLA Piper
21/02/2017 Norton Rose Fulbright London 3099 Chadbourne & Parke New York 103 partners Norton Rose Fulbright
15/02/2017 Eversheds Sutherland London & Washington 1750 (est) Harry Elias Partnership Singapore 80 Eversheds Harry Elias*
24/01/2017 DWF Manchester 838 Triton Global++ London 215 staff, 11 partners
03/01/2017 DWF Manchester 838 Heenan Paris Paris 4 partners DWF
* Name change only for Firm 2
++ Acquired out of administration.

2016

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
16/12/2016 Eversheds London 1355 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Washington, D.C. 178 partners Eversheds Sutherland
01/12/2016 Shoosmiths N'hampton 457 McManus Kearney Belfast 2 partners Shoosmiths
29/11/2016 Holman Fenwick Willan London 450 Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown Houston 20 Holman Fenwick Willan
28/11/2016 DWF Manchester 838 C&H Jefferson Belfast 20 Partners DWF
28/11/2016 Addleshaw Goddard London 622 HBJ Gateley Scotland 45 Partners Addleshaw Goddard
15/11/2016 Fieldfisher London 420 JS Partners Beijing 12 Partners Fieldfisher
10/11/2016 Fieldfisher London 420 Hill Hofstetter Solihull 19 Partners Fieldfisher
10/10/2016 CMS London 2610 Nabarro London 441 CMS (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)
10/10/2016 CMS London 2610 Olswang London 308 CMS (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)
21/09/2016 DLA Piper London 3,700 Dimock Stratton Toronto 16 DLA Piper
12/09/2016 Norton Rose Fulbright London 3,051 Bull Housser Vancouver 54 partners,
32 associates
Norton Rose Fulbright
11/08/2016 Kennedys London 550 Waltons & Morse London 28 Kennedys
01/08/2016 Kennedys London 550 Sateler Depolo Diemoz Abogados Santiago 13 Kennedys
30/06/2016 DLA Piper N/A 3,700 Grönberg Advokatbyrå Stockholm 21 DLA Piper
21/06/2016 Fieldfisher London 800 staff Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati (SASPI) Milan 170 staff Fieldfisher
08/06/2016 Withy King Bath 110 Royds London 51 Royds Withy King
26/05/2016 Clyde & Co London 1,238 Thornton Davis Fein Miami 40 Clyde & Co
14/04/2016 DWF Manchester 850 Fox Hartley Bristol 16 staff DWF
01/02/2016 DLA Piper N/A 3,700 Peltonen LMR Helsinki, Finland 30 DLA 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 in UK Law Firm Mergers.

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
16/12/2015 DWF Manchester 813 BridgehouseLaw Cologne, Munich 40 DWF
09/12/2015 Kennedys London 549 Erritzøe Copenhagen 12 Kennedys
26/11/2015 Irwin Mitchell Sheffield 605 Thomas Eggar Chichester 156 Irwin Mitchell
16/09/2015 Clyde & Co London 315 partners Simpson & Marwick Edinburgh 45 partners Clyde & Co
14/09/2015 Trowers & Hamlins London 593 staff Stones Solicitors Exeter 80 staff Trowers & Hamlins
08/07/2015 Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co London 700 Gowlings Toronto & Ottawa 700 Gowling WLG
11/06/2015 Eversheds London 1,218 Heisse Kursawe Munich 28 partners Eversheds Deutschland LLP*
22/05/2015 Shakespeares Birmingham 221 SGH Martineau Birmingham 137 Shakespeare Martineau
08/05/2015 Blake Morgan Reading 360 Piper Smith Watton London 12 partners Blake Morgan
08/05/2015 Blake Morgan Reading 360 Piper Smith Watton London 12 partners Blake Morgan
23/04/2015 DWF Manchester 2,500 Staff Watmores London 12 DWF
02/03/2015 DLA Piper N/A 4,000 Davis Vancouver 250 DLA Piper Canada*
10/02/2015 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 1,450 staff Walker Smith Way Chester 80 staff Slater & Gordon (dual-branded for 12 months)
10/02/2015 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 1,450 staff Leo Abse & Cohen Cardiff 150 staff Slater & Gordon (dual-branded for 12 months)
* Name change only for Firm 2

2014

Link  Report DateFirm 1Main OfficeTotal LawyersFirm 2Main OfficeTotal LawyersPost-Merger Name
12/12/2014 DMH Stallard London 76 AWB Partnership Guildford 37 DMH Stallard
06/11/2014 Irwin Mitchell London 526 Berkeley Law London 9 N/A
02/11/2014 Eversheds London 1,218 Juridia Butzow Helsinki 102 JB Eversheds*
28/10/2014 DLA Piper N/A 4,200 Gallastegui y Lozano Mexico City 7 Partners DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano*
20/10/2014 Bird & Bird London 918 Truman Hoyle Sydney 24 Bird & Bird
06/10/2014 Shepherd & Wedderburn Edinburgh 225 Tods Murray Edinburgh 79 Shepherd & Wedderburn
26/09/2014 Berrymans Lace Mawer London 440 Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors Belfast 21 Berrymans Lace Mawer
02/09/2014 DLA Piper N/A 4,200 Haškovcová & Co Prague 9 DLA Piper
11/08/2014 Harper Macleod Glasgow 121 Bird Semple Glasgow 14 Harper Macleod
16/07/2014 Charles Russell London 273 Speechly Bircham London 195 Charles Russell Speechlys
07/07/2014 Hogan Lovells London 2,280 BSTL Mexico City 70 Hogan Lovells
02/05/2014 HowardKennedyFsi London 184 CKFT London 7 Partners HowardKennedyFsi
28/04/2014 Gordon Dadds+++ London 30 Davenport Lyons London 81 N/A
09/04/2014 Dentons N/A 2,600 KapdiTwala Cape Town 5 Dentons
20/03/2014 Blake Lapthorn S'thampton 234 Morgan Cole Cardiff 170 Blake Morgan
18/03/2014 Sutherland++ Atlanta, USA 422 Arbis London 5 Arbis Sutherland*
17/03/2014 Berrymans Lace Mawer London 408 HBM Sayers Glasgow 30 Berrymans Lace Mawer
04/03/2014 Bircham Dyson Bell London 103 Ambrose Applebe London 12 Bircham Dyson Bell
07/02/2014 Field Fisher Waterhouse London 321 Heatons Manchester 20 Field 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
12/12/2013 CMS Cameron McKenna London 2,335 Dundas & Wilson Glasgow 276 N/A
11/12/2013 Wragge & Co B'ham 458 Lawrence Graham London 170 Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
09/12/2013 Pinsent Masons London 1,258 Ichay & Mullenex Paris 6 Pinsent Masons
02/12/2013 DAC Beachcroft London 974 De La Torre & Monroy Bogota 8 DAC Beachcroft
28/11/2013 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 170 Pannone Manchester TBC Slater & Gordon
20/11/2013 Hogan Lovells London 2,280 Routledge Modise Jo'burg 120 Hogan Lovells
15/11/2013 Irwin Mitchell London 600 MPH Solicitors Manchester 29 Staff Irwin Mitchell
24/10/2013 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 158 John Pickering & Partners Manchester 8 Partners Slater & Gordon
14/10/2013 Penningtons London 132 Manches London 125 Penningtons Manches
01/10/2013 Veale Wasbrough Vizards Bristol 123 George Carter London 5 Veale Wasbrough Vizards
05/09/2013 Shakespeares B'ham 264 Newsome Vaughan Coventry 7 Partners N/A
21/08/2013 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 132 Fentons Solicitors London/Manchester 280 Staff N/A
31/07/2013 SJ Berwin London 493 King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong 1,800 King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin*
17/07/2013 Cripps Harries Hall Tunbridge Wells 96 Vertex Law Kings Hill, Kent 31 N/A^^
8/07/2013 Field Fisher Waterhouse London 358 Ryser & Associates Shanghai 19 Field Fisher Ryser*
31/05/2013 Kennedys London 434 Gates & Partners London 54 Kennedys
31/05/2013 BGL Group Peterbr'gh N/A Minster Law York 800 Staff N/A
31/05/2013 Shakespeares B'ham 264 Marrons Leicester 14 N/A
07/05/2013 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 132 Goodmans Law Liverpool 50 Staff Slater & Gordon
07/05/2013 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 132 Simpson Millar Leeds 70 Slater & Gordon
07/05/2013 Plexus Law/Parabis London 406 Greenwoods Peterborough 104 N/A
24/04/2013 Mills & Reeve London 332 George Davies Manchester 54 Mills & Reeve
10/04/2013 Thomas Eggar Crawley 137 Pritchard Englefield London 40 Thomas Eggar
11/03/2013 Bird & Bird London 918 Bender von Haller Dragsted Copenhagen 19 Bird & Bird
27/02/2013 Shoosmiths N'hampton 324 Laurence Kaye Solicitors Radlett, Herts 4 Shoosmiths
22/02/2013 Norton Rose London 2,900 Armstrong Mitchell Lawyers Calgary 4 N/A
31/01/2013 DWF Manchester 2,000 Staff Cobbetts Manchester 500 Staff N/A
18/01/2013 DWF Manchester 1,780 Staff Fishburns London 210 Staff DWF 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
07/12/2012 Bond Pearce Bristol 244 Dickinson Dees Newcastle 215 Bond Dickinson
28/11/2012 SNR Denton London/DC 1,250 FMC Toronto 530 Dentons
28/11/2012 SNR Denton London/DC 1,250 Salans Paris 750 Dentons
14/11/2012 Norton Rose London 2,900 Fulbright & Jaworski Houston, Texas 850 Norton Rose Fulbright
9/10/2012 Burness Glasgow 35 Partners Paull & Williamsons Aberdeen 25 Partners Burness Paull & Williamsons
8/10/2012 Freeth Cartwright^^^ Nottingham 174 Henmans Oxford 21 Partners Henmans Freeth*
3/09/2012 DMH Stallard London 94 Callaghans Farnham, Surrey 3 Partners DMH Stallard
29/08/2012 DLA Piper Verein 3,746 Frieh Bouhenic Paris 26 DLA Piper
08/08/2012 Howard Kennedy London 121 Finers Stephens Innocent London 69 Howard Kennedy FSI
28/06/2012 Herbert Smith London 1,600 Freehills Sydney 1,200 Herbert Smith Freehills
21/06/2012 Shoosmiths N'hampton 105 Partners Archibald Campbell & Harley Edinburgh 20 ACH Shoosmiths*
07/06/2012 DWF Manchester 1,500 Staff Biggart Baillie Glasgow 40 Partners N/A
24/05/2012 Shakespeares Birmingham 210 Harvey Ingram Leicester 400 Staff N/A
23/05/2012 DAC Beachcroft London 230 Partners SegurosLex + Amunategui y Cia Santiago 8 Lawyers N/A
09/05/2012 TLT Bristol 188 Anderson Fyfe Glasgow 8 Partners TLT Scotland *
04/05/2012 Taylor Wessing London 638 ENWC Vienna 24 Partners Taylor Wessing ENWC *
02/04/2012 DWF Manchester 104 Partners Buller Jeffries Birmingham 20 DWF
29/03/2012 Osborne Clarke Bristol 362 SLA Studio Legale Associato Milan 14 Partners Osborne Clarke
29/03/2012 Osborne Clarke Bristol 362 Osborne Clarke Spain Barcelona 6 Partners Osborne Clarke
22/03/2012 DAC Beachcroft^ London 230 Partners Andersons Solicitors Glasgow 40 DAC Beachcroft Scotland*
05/03/2012 Ashfords Exeter 140 Rochman Landau London 35 Ashfords
06/02/2012 Duke Street** London 0 Parabis Law Group London 93 Parabis Law Group
06/02/2012 Pinsent Masons London 879 McGrigors Glasgow 378 Pinsent Masons
01/02/2012 Wedlake Bell London 80 Cumberland Ellis London 39 Wedlake Bell
30/01/2012 Slater & Gordon Melbourne, Australia 1,000 Staff Russell Jones & Walker London 133 Russell Jones & Walker part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers
16/01/2012 Macfarlanes London 224 D Harris & Co International London 8 Macfarlanes
* 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
25/11/2011 DWF Manchester 438 Crutes Newcastle 48 DWF
10/11/2011 Shakespeares Birmingham 194 Wood Glaister Solihull 13 Shakespeares
10/11/2011 Shakespeares Birmingham 194 Gorrara Haden Birmingham 7 Shakespeares
04/10/2011 Norton Rose London 1,512 Macleod Dixon Calgary, Canada 180 Norton Rose Canada *
19/09/2011 Freeth Cartwright Nottingham 147 Kimbells Milton Keynes 29 Kimbells Freeth *
27/06/2011 Beachcroft London 721 Davies Arnold Cooper London 170 DAC Beachcroft
23/06/2011 Ashurst London 795 Blake Dawson Sydney, Australia 828 Ashurst
03/06/2011 Clyde & Co London 623 Barlow Lyde & Gilbert London 350 Clyde & Co
01/06/2011 Kennedys London 397 O'Hare O'Connor Dublin, Ireland 7 Partners Kennedys Ireland *
25/05/2011 Eversheds London 1,356 KSLG Group of several Middle East Firms 30 Eversheds
20/05/2011 Martineau Birmingham 96 Sprecher Grier Halberstam London 43 SGH Martineau
NA 06/04/2011 Penningtons London 106 Wedlake Saint London 3 Partners Penningtons
22/03/2011 Weightmans Liverpool 333 Mace & Jones Liverpool 160 Staff Weightmans
14/03/2011 Penningtons London 106 Dawsons London 40 Penningtons
08/03/2011 Weightmans Liverpool 333 Vizards Wyeth Dartford 25 Weightmans
07/03/2011 Clyde & Co London 623 Nicholl Paskell-Mede Montreal, Canada 40 Clyde & Co
01/03/2011 Kennedys London 397 Almeida & Athayle Lisbon, Portugal 5 Kennedys Portugal *
16/02/2011 Clifford Chance London 2,466 Chang Pistilli & Simmons  Sydney, Australia 29 Clifford Chance
16/02/2011 Clifford Chance London 2,466 Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe Perth, Australia 17 Clifford Chance
27/01/2011 DLA Piper London 2,181 DLA Phillips Fox Sydney, Australia 700 DLA Piper
11/01/2011 Trowers & Hamlins London 300 Nour Law Office Cairo, Egypt 20 Trowers & Hamlins
* Name change only for Firm 2