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Wragge and Lawrence Graham to merge

Move will create £171m international law firm  

12 December 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham have announced plans to merge on 1 May 2014, creating a firm on the cusp of the UK’s top 20 in revenue terms.

The new firm, which will be called Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, will have turnover of £171m and ten offices worldwide. The bulk of the revenues will come from Wragge, which reported turnover of £120.5m in the past financial year.

Wragge’s managing partner elect, David Fennell, will be the new firm’s chief executive. Its senior partner, Quentin Poole, will continue in his current role. Lawrence Graham’s senior partner, Andrew Witts, will take on the role of chair of the new firm. Helen Owers and Alastair McLeish will become non-executive directors.

With two UK offices in London and Birmingham, the firms say they will be a dual-centred firm offering “a range of innovative and flexible options in client service, pricing and delivery models”.

Commenting on the combination, which partnerships of both firms voted “overwhelmingly in favour of”, Poole said: “This merger brings together complementary cultures, locations and practice groups to create a strong and distinctive offer to clients.”

Added Witts: “We are very excited about this opportunity to forge a bigger, better and stronger firm for our clients and people. We will enhance our capabilities in core services such as real estate, corporate and litigation, while creating major new business opportunities for our renowned international private capital team.”

The new firm will have 1,300 people, including 770 lawyers, operating from offices in Birmingham, Brussels, Dubai, Guangzhou, London, Monaco, Moscow, Munich, Paris and Singapore.

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