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60-second interview: Christopher Page

Following the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham, Christopher Page, Charles Russell Speechlys' senior partner, tells PCA that a like-minded cultural base is crucial to any successful merger

4 February 2015

What was the driving force behind the merger?

The changing legal market as well as the opportunity created by the gap between traditional corporate commercial firms and the smaller but more purist private client firms. More specifically, it is to do with the changing nature of our clients' needs. Both firms saw the opportunity of joining two businesses with a very similar make-up to deliver an integrated private wealth service to our clients.

These days many of our individual clients have substantial and mixed business and personal assets which run at a scale where there are cross-jurisdictional issues as well. They need an approach from their lawyers which is truly integrated, both in terms of traditional private client advice and corporate advice. They want to have this delivered by one firm. We call this service 'private wealth' and are redefining ourselves with this focus as we believe this is where the opportunities in the...

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