Harrison Clark Rickerbys solicitors, which has a major office in Cheltenham employing 180 staff, said its pending merger with Hewitsons would not impact on its Gloucestershire operations.
The firm, which has offices in Wellington Street and was formed in 2013 from a merger between Rickerbys and Harrison Clark, said it was in ‘advanced talks’ with the ‘well-established’ East of England business.
If the deal goes ahead it will add new locations in Northampton and Milton Keynes to its existing nine offices, including its headquarters in Worcestershire.
Rod Thomas, managing partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, which currently has 550 staff in total, said: ‘I believe that this will be a great move for both firms, our clients and our staff.
‘As with all our previous mergers, this one is about growing the breadth and depth of legal advice we can provide to our clients.’
Colin Jones, managing partner of Hewitsons, said: ‘The merger will increase the career opportunities we can offer, provide us with a platform stretching from east to west and our clients will benefit from the full range of legal specialisms provided by the combined firm’s full-service legal advice capability, and strong regional network.’
The merger is expected to complete by the end of May. The new firm would have approximately 780 staff and a turnover of £65 million.
By Andrew Merrell
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