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Mid-size firms feel the squeeze

Kevin Poulter considers how firms - particularly those in the middle sector - have dealt with the evolution of the legal market in 2015

18 December 2015

If 2015 has been the year of the merger, 2016 is - much like the feeling after one too many mince pies - likely to be the year of the squeezed middle.

The merger of Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar may not, on the face of it, look like a perfect match, but there are undoubted advantages for both sides, as the move takes them both away from the unstable middle ground. For Irwin Mitchell, there is an eye firmly on future-proofing against further attacks on personal injury claims, and for Thomas Eggar, the improved chances of weathering the storm in a bigger ship.

A further announcement this week that national firm DWF is to join forces with its German commercial counterpart BridgehouseLaw is a good example of how other mid-size firms are looking towards international expansion. Addleshaw Goddard's move into Scotland in its planned merger with Maclay Murray & Spens follows CMS Cameron McKen...

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