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13 May, 2021 - 09:40 By Tony Quested

Hewitsons and HCR merging to create £65m legal powerhouse

Hewitsons is set to merge with Harrison Clark Rickerbys to create a combined law firm of around 780 people and a £65 million turnover.

HCR today reveals that it is in the advanced stages of merger talks with  Hewitsons which will give it access to business in Northampton and Milton Keynes. Both firms are already established in Cambridge.

Inger Anson, who will head the Cambridge office, said: “Setting up in a crowded legal market in 2018 our intention was always to offer something new and fresh reflecting the unmet needs of the Cambridge market.

“This merger is an exciting next step in our mission to offer the market something different and in Hewitsons we have a partner who shares our ethos and passion for people. This merger will create a dynamic new team able to offer a genuine breadth and depth of expertise to our clients and opportunities for our staff.”

Colin Jones, managing partner of Hewitsons, said: “Joining HCR is great news for our staff and clients alike. Hewitsons has an absolute focus on our clients and a strong commitment to our people and HCR shares our core values. 

“We have successfully come through a challenging year and the merger will increase career opportunities for staff, provide us with a platform stretching from East to West and enable our clients to benefit from the full range of legal specialisms provided by combined firms full-service legal advice and strong regional network.”

The merger is expected to complete by the end of May, resulting in a firm of approximately 780 people and £65m turnover. The combined Cambridge teams will move into new premises and details are expected soon; the Hewitsons London team will move into HCR’s office at 62 Cornhill, in the heart of the City.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 550 staff and partners based at offices in Cambridge, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. 

The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.

Hewitsons prides itself on delivering an outstanding service to a wide range of individuals, businesses and institutions including charities, educational and sports bodies. 

The firm’s size and breadth of specialisms means each client receives the focus it requires. Hewitsons operates UK wide and has worldwide reach via its network of independent law firms, LawExchange International.

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