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Shoosmiths and Archibald Campbell & Harley to merge

22 June 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Shoosmiths and Archibald Campbell & Harley have today announced plans to merge.

The new firm will be known in Scotland as ACH Shoosmiths from the autumn, subject to regulatory approval.

Shoosmiths, which has offices across England, says it has been prompted to move into Scotland as a result of client demand.

Shoosmiths’ chairman, Andrew Tubbs, says the two firms have a “perfect fit” in both business and cultural terms.

“We share clients and there’s crossover in practice areas, particularly real estate, retail, litigation and recoveries for lenders. Opportunities will be created north and south of the border through cross-referral of both firms’ existing clients.”

Partners at the Edinburgh-based firm, which was founded more than 100 years ago, voted unanimously to merge with Shoosmiths. All partners and staff from Archibald Campbell & Harley staff will be retained following the merger.

Archibald Campbell & Harley’s chief executive Rod Macphail says the merger is a logical progression for the two firms, which have worked together for several years and have mutual clients.

“There’s a real buzz of excitement and anticipation here about the merger because it enables both firms to meet client demand for multijurisdictional legal advice,” says Macphail.

The news follows recent announcements of merger intentions between other English and Scottish firms, notably DWF with Biggart Baillie and TLT with Anderson Fyfe. On 1 May, international firm Pinsent Masons and Scottish firm McGrigors completed their merger.

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