McGrigors name may disappear after legal merger confirmed

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Leading Scottish law firm McGrigors is to merge with English based Pinsent Masons it has been announced.  The merger, which has been under negotiation since mid-January was confirmed earlier today.

Scottish-based McGrigors had a turnover of £70 million last year, according to The Lawyer magazine, while London-headquartered Pinsent Masons had a turnover of 212.5 million pounds.

Chris Mullen, senior partner of Pinsent Masons, said: “We’ve been very encouraged by the strong support from among our clients and the resoundingly positive reception to the merger proposal by our partners.

“Each firm has great respect for the other’s reputation and culture and recognises that we have a common heritage of quality coupled with ambitious plans to grow our capabilities even further.

“We believe this is the best way to deliver an even better offering to our UK and international clients who demand both a broad range of high quality services and excellent value.  We’re really looking forward to joining up and getting on with our plans together.”

Richard Masters, managing partner of McGrigors, said: “This deal is great news for clients of both firms and we are delighted to be merging with Pinsent Masons.

“The merger is the result of a strong cultural and operational fit, with clients from both firms being major UK and international players.  We believe that the new firm will provide a solid platform for growth, allowing us to become a clear market-leader in strategically key sectors.”

There are fears that the merger could see the name McGrigors disappear entirely.  The deal, which will take effect on May 1st, will see the enlarged practice become the 12th largest in the UK.