Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Law Firms Call off Pounds 130m Merger

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Law Firms Call off Pounds 130m Merger

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LAW firms Ward Hadaway and Weightmans have called off merger talks.

Earlier this year the pair announced they were talking to each other about the potential of creating a Pounds 130m merger.

However both Ward Hadaway, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester and Weightmans, which has 11 UK offices, said they have now called off any talks as their respective strategic priorities were not sufficiently aligned to invest in such a significant merger.

Ward Hadaway managing partner Jamie Martin said: "We have enjoyed talking to John Schorah and his team and getting to know the people at Weightmans a bit better and we wish them well for the future.

"Nevertheless, we wish to continue to pursue our strategy of developing a 'Northern Law Firm for National Business'; across our three offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester and our focus on providing legal services to Northern-based businesses. …

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