Shakespeares and Harvey Ingram to merge

28 May, 2012

Midlands lawyers Shakespeares and fellow regional mid-sized law firm, Harvey Ingram, have announced that they are in detailed and exclusive discussions with the aim of merging on 1 August 2012.


The deal will create the second biggest law firm in the Midlands, employing some 815 lawyers and staff. With an annual turnover of approximately £50m, the merger is expected to secure the firm a top 50 position in The Lawyer’s UK 200 Annual Report next year (Shakespeares is currently in 84th position).


With offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell and Bedford, Harvey Ingram is a full-service, commercial law firm, led by Simon Astill, managing partner. Founded in 1767, Harvey Ingram is the largest and best known firm in Leicestershire having expanded in the home-counties and wider Midlands in January 2011 following a merger with Borneos. The firm has a diverse client base including large businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as private clients and also offers a personal injury claim service.

Paul Wilson (pictured, right), chief executive at Shakespeares, said:“In a fast-changing legal sector we believe our combined strengths make us even more attractive to our prospective client base. Our combined financial strength will also allow us to continue to invest in our people, technology and our brand.


“The merger with Harvey Ingram is a significant strategic step that places us where we want to be in terms of scale and reach in the Midlands. It significantly strengthens our presence in the East Midlands marketplace and will bring considerable benefits for clients.


“Together, Shakespeares and Harvey Ingram will represent a full-service legal powerhouse in the Midlands, with a culture based on a quality-driven, service-oriented approach.”


Simon Astill, managing partner at Harvey Ingram, said:


“I am delighted to be announcing the firm’s merger plans. The move will open up a new world of opportunities for us all. Our merger with Shakespeares is very much a meeting of minds and I am confident that by coming together we will be creating a more compelling law firm to work with or be advised by.”


Shakespeares and Harvey Ingram are now working towards completing their negotiations and planning their integration.  


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