Corporate firm Addleshaw Goddard and Scotland-based HBJ Gateley have rubber-stamped plans to merge their businesses. The combined firm has 11 offices, including in Asia and the Middle East, more than 200 partners and around 1,100 lawyers.

According to both firms, their combined revenue for the year ending April 2015/16 was £224m, making the combined firm the 15th largest in the UK.

Scotland-based HBJ’s business, people and partners will transfer to Addleshaw Goddard by June next year.

Earlier this month, the Gazette reported that talks had begun but that neither firm would comment until the deal had been approved.

John Joyce, managing partner, Addleshaw Goddard said: ‘We have for a while had an ambition to be present in Scotland and so are delighted with the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the partners, clients and staff of both firms.’

Malcolm McPherson, chair of HBJ, added: ‘The combination of two such capable and growing firms is extremely good news for our clients, our people and our partners.’

HBJ has offices in Scotland, England and Dubai while Addleshaw Goddard is based in England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Oman and Qatar.