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