Law firm expands presence in South West as merger completes

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Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has completed its merger with Bristol-based firm GL Law, extending its reach into the South West for the first time.

Adding more than 60 people to the Shakespeare Martineau team and the first gateway to the region via an office hub in Bristol, the GL Law team will strengthen Shakespeare Martineau’s existing expertise while broadening its sector specialties.

Part of the Ampa legal and professional services group, Shakespeare Martineau’s expansion into Bristol is part of the group’s wider strategy to invest in and strengthen the brands in the group’s portfolio. The union will help boost the group’s turnover to over £100m for the 2022/23 financial year.

There are no redundancies as part of the merger and the company is proactively looking to recruit talent from the Bristol market.

Sarah Walker-Smith, CEO of Shakespeare Martineau and Ampa, said: “We are delighted that the merger is now official and that GL Law is part of Shakespeare Martineau.

“Our House of Brands strategy includes a combination of introducing new standalone brands to the group or combining new teams or entities with our current core brands. In the case of GL Law, its existing legal offering and market, it only made sense for her to join Shakespeare Martineau and expand that brand’s footprint within our group.

Richard Hill, Managing Director of GL Law, said: “Critical to us is continuity of service for our clients and better opportunities for our employees – this merger offers both. We have acted for owner-managed businesses, SMEs, start-ups and some of the most discerning private clients in the South West and beyond for over 300 years and look forward to continuing and expanding this legacy. under the Shakespeare Martineau brand. ”

GL Law’s Bristol hub will become Shakespeare Martineau’s eleventh location, adding to its current presence in Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Solihull, Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Edinburgh.

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