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Kennedys and Simpson & Marwick call off merger

Merger could not be finalised ‘for complex reasons’  

11 December 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International law firm Kennedys Law and Scottish law firm Simpson & Marwick have called off their merger.

Announced on 30 August 2013, the merger was intended to create a ‘powerhouse dispute resolution and litigation firm’. 

In a joint statement, the firms said that they “no longer intend to merge”.

“Both firms and their partners hold each other in the highest regard and are very disappointed that for complex reasons the merger could not be finalised,” they said.

“Clients and their interests are our priority. There are a number of cross border clients that Kennedys and Simpson & Marwick plan to continue working closely with in order to provide a UK wide service.”

The firms previously announced that the merger, due to be completed on 1 November, was delayed because of the “ambitious timetable we had set ourselves”.

The merged firm would have had 220 partners and over 1,500 staff worldwide, with a combined projected turnover of over £160m in the current financial year.

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