10th February 2014

Blackadders and McKay Norwell to merge

Blackadders LLP and Edinburgh-based McKay Norwell WS, are to merge this month. The new practice will trade under the Blackadders banner with 17 partners and 150 other staff. It will have accredited specialisations in corporate, agricultural, licensing, employment, trust, family, personal injury and incapacity law in addition to a wealth management division. The merged practice will act for household name PLCs and charities, alongside a very substantial private client base.

The target date for the merger is 18 June.

Donald Hutcheson, the chairman of Blackadders, which is based in Dundee, said: "We are delighted to further strengthen Blackadders for the future by joining forces with McKay Norwell who are well known and respected throughout Scotland and are very much a part of the Edinburgh legal scene.  We and they are a good fit in every respect and this merger creates many opportunities for development of our business, dispute resolution, property and private client divisions. There is movement in every sector of the national legal market and we intend to remain a significant force in legal life in Scotland."

John Mitchell, senior partner, McKay Norwell, said: "This is an ideal way to expand our resources and continue to improve our service to clients. I am delighted that my colleagues, Rab Forman and Richard Godden, are joining me as partners in Blackadders and we are all looking forward to the merger: We share with Blackadders' partners a vision of the highest quality of advice and service and the merger will provide great synergies - we expect to be busier than ever while providing continuity of service to existing clients."

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