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Law firms move towards merger deal
LAW FIRM Harvey Ingram, which has offices in Milton Keynes and Bedford, is “detailed and exclusive discussions” over a merger with Midlands lawyers Shakespeares.
The deal, due to be completed on August 1, will create the second biggest law firm in the Midlands, employing some 815 lawyers and staff and with a combined annual turnover of around £50 million.
The merged firm is expected to secure a top 50 position in The Lawyer’s UK 200 Annual Report next year.
Harvey Ingram managing partner Simon Astill said: “The move will open up a new world of opportunities for us all. Our merger with Shakespeares is very much a meeting of minds and I am confident that by coming together we will be creating a more compelling law firm to work with or be advised by.”
Founded in 1767, Harvey Ingram completed its merger with Bedford- and Milton Keynes-based Borneos in January last year and now has offices in Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell, Bedford, Leicester and Birmingham.
Mr Astill is pictured (left) with Shakespearers chief executive Paul Wilson.