International firm Addleshaw Goddard and Scottish-based HBJ Gateley have revealed merger plans in the latest Anglo-Scottish tieup.
If agreed, the combined firm would have 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 year ending April 2015/16 was £224m, which would make the combined firm the 15th largest in the UK by UK income.
HBJ Gateley has offices in Scotland, England and Dubai while Addleshaw Goddard is based in England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Oman and Qatar.
John Joyce (pictured), managing partner at Addleshaw Goddard, said a combination would deliver on ‘both firms’ aspirations for improved client and sector offerings’.
HBJ Gateley’s senior partner Malcolm McPherson added: ‘Our exploratory talks progressed very quickly as the complementary nature of our teams and geographical presence became apparent’.
Upon approval, the business, people and partners of HBJ Gateley will transfer to Addleshaw Goddard.
The firms said they would not comment until discussions conclude.
Scottish law firm names that have vanished through merger with larger English firms in recent years include Biggart Baillie, McGrigors and Dundas & Wilson.