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Midlands law firms Shakespeare Putsman and Needham & James to merge

Shakespeare Putsman and Needham & James are to merge to create a major Midlands law firm

08 June 2010

A major new British legal firm is to be created on the back of a planned merger between two existing practices, it has been reported.

Following on from the recent news of big-money mergers between law firms on both sides of the Atlantic, Legal Week has reported that negotiations are currently underway between Shakespeare Putsman and Needham & James.

It is intended that the two companies, which are both based in the Midlands, will merge, bringing together a total of 40 partners, most of whom will be based in Birmingham.

Commenting on the negotiations, Shakespeare's chief executive Paul Wilson explained that the upcoming merger will be beneficial to both law firms and makes good sense given the current economic climate.

"The extreme economic conditions experienced in the past two years have intensified competition and complexity within the legal marketplace," he said.

"Our clients are rightly increasing their demands for exceptional technical expertise, a broader range of legal services and greater value for money."

Shakespeare Putsman was itself formed out of the 2007 merger between the Shakespeare and Putsman legal practices.

At the end of last month, it was confirmed that Chicago's Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal is to merge with the London-based Denton Wilde Sapte.

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