Weightmans and Ward Hadaway have revealed they are in early talks about a possible merger to create a law firm with revenues of about £130m.
Headquartered in Liverpool, Weightmans also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Dartford, Glasgow, Knutsford, Leicester, London and Manchester. The firm employs about 1,400 staff with a combined fee income of more than £100m.
Newcastle-headquartered Ward Hadaway also has offices in Leeds and Manchester.
In a joint statement, the firms said: “The legal market is changing and it is always sensible to look at opportunities that might benefit a business, its clients and its staff so Weightmans and Ward Hadaway are currently talking to each other to see if there are benefits of working closer together.
“We have shared strategic objectives and a significant number of shared clients.”
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