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Kennedys to merge with Simpson & Marwick

Intend to create a ‘powerhouse dispute resolution and litigation firm’  

30 August 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International law firm Kennedys Law has announced that it will merge with Scottish law firm Simpson & Marwick.

The combined firm will be known as Kennedys from 1 November 2013. However, its Scotland practice will be known as Kennedys Simpson & Marwick for a transitional period after the merger.

Interestingly, the Scottish residential property business will continue to trade indefinitely under the name Simpson & Marwick. The firms say this is because of Simpson & Marwick’s “very well established brand” in the Scottish property market.

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

Peter Anderson, managing partner at Simpson & Marwick, said the merger is “a natural progression from the firms’ collaboration over a number of years”.

“There have been a number of clients for whom, and cases on which, Kennedys and Simpson & Marwick have worked together over a number of years and it became obvious that a merger would benefit both firms’ clients, partners and staff,” added Kennedys’ senior partner, Nick Thomas.

 “The end result will be a powerhouse dispute resolution and litigation firm with a complete UK-wide and Ireland offering and a major international presence,” suggested Anderson.

The merger is the latest strategic move by Kennedys to ensure it has a local presence in key client jurisdictions. It follows the firm’s June merger with specialist aviation and aerospace law firm Gates and Partners.

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