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Thomas Eggar to lose brand name in merger with Irwin Mitchell

New top-20 UK law firm to be formed by December 2015

26 November 2015

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Thomas Eggar and Irwin Mitchell have confirmed today that they will merge to create a £250m UK law firm.

The merged firm will be within the top-20 national rankings and will have a top-five private wealth legal team.

"This is the latest step in our strategic expansion plan but we see still further opportunities arising as the market continues to consolidate," said Andrew Tucker, chief executive at Irwin Mitchell Group.

"This deal will significantly add to the value and diversification of our business and act as a catalyst for further growth."

Contracts have already been exchanged and the merger is expected to formally complete in December 2015.

The merger will see all of Thomas Eggar's employees (approximately 450), including 67 partners, transfer to Irwin Mitchell after a TUPE process beginning today.

Thomas Eggar will adopt the Irwin Mitchell brand in the first half of 2016 and Vicky Brackett will join Irwin Mitchell's executive board.

"This is a really exciting merger of two dynamic firms that is great news for our clients and our staff," said Brackett.

"Bringing our two firms together will make us only stronger and gives the strength in numbers and depth of experience to offer clients a service that is second to none."

The merger talks, which had been kept under wraps by both firms, were leaked to the press in early November.

The merger with Thomas Eggar forms the latest in a string of mergers by Irwin Mitchell's chief executive, John Pickering.

In November 2013, Irwin Mitchell acquired personal injury and clinical negligence specialist MPH Solicitors. In 2014, the firm acquired private wealth firm Berkeley Law and Halliwells' recovery arm HL Interactive.

In July 2015, the debt legal services arm of Irwin Mitchell completed the acquisition of the commercial debt recovery division of P&A Receivables Services.

Thomas Eggar's managing partner, Vicky Brackett, had previously indicated that she was seeking further mergers to achieve her firm's growth ambitions.

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