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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.
2014 Mergers
Link Report date* Firm 1 Main Office Total Lawyers Firm 2 Main Office Total Lawyers Post Merger Name
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 NA
09/04/2014 Dentons NA 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 (Non-UK 100 Merger, AmLaw 100 Firm ++) 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
2013 Mergers
Link Report date* Firm 1 Main Office Total Lawyers Firm 2 Main Office Total Lawyers Post Merger Name
12/12/2013 CMS Cameron McKenna London 2,335 Dundas & Wilson Glasgow 276 NA
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 NA
21/08/2013 Slater & Gordon (UK) London 132 Fentons Solicitors London/Manchester 280 Staff NA
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 NA^^^
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 NA Minster Law York 800 Staff NA
31/05/2013 Shakespeares B'ham 264 Marrons Leicester 14 NA
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 NA
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 NA
31/01/2013 DWF Manchester 2,000 Staff Cobbetts Manchester 500 Staff NA
18/01/2013 DWF Manchester 1,780 Staff Fishburns London 210 Staff DWF Fishburns
2012 Mergers
Link Report date* Firm 1 Main Office Total Lawyers Firm 2 Main Office Total Lawyers Post Merger Name
7/12/2012 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 1000 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
2011 Mergers
Link Report date* Firm 1 Main Office Total Lawyers Firm 2 Main Office Total Lawyers Post 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 1512 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 1356 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 2466 Chang Pistilli & Simmons  Sydney, Australia 29 Clifford Chance
16/02/2011 Clifford Chance London 2466 Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe Perth, Australia 17 Clifford Chance
27/01/2011 DLA Piper London 2181 DLA Phillips Fox Sydney, Australia 700 DLA Piper
11/01/2011 Trowers & Hamlins London 300 Nour Law Office Cairo, Egypt 20 Trowers & Hamlins
* Report date refers to public annoucement of merger, mergers therefore may complete some months after this date. Mergers that completed in 2011, but were first reported in 2010 are not included in this table. ** 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.

^^ Structured as an investment in Henmans by Freeth Cartwright, expected to result in full integration.

^^^ Merger may result in a Top 100 law firm by revenue.

++ 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.