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Local expansion is key to future security

Merging with like-minded local practices can help your firm reach a more sustainable size, consolidate its geographical position, and secure client loyalty, says Maureen Cawthorn

30 October 2013

Established in 1886 and incorporated in 2012, Wilkinson Woodward has long embodied an ethos of serving the local community.

Earlier this year local practice Bearders expressed an interest in merging. For us, this was an opportunity to develop our business further. The two firms eventually merged last month. For us, this merger follows a well-worn path of local partnership deals, joining forces with like-minded firms to produce a more specialist legal offering to locally based clients.

We have had a presence in Halifax for a while and in 2000 we opened in neighbouring Huddersfield. Soon after, we merged with Boococks, a nearby practice in our traditional home town of Halifax. This brought with it a thriving estate agency and heralded a diversification from legal services for the first time in the firm's history. In 2007 and 2011, the practice acquired two Regency style buildings close to Huddersfield University and proceeded to merge with commercial property pract...

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