Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has merged with south-east practice Vertex Law in a deal which will create what it called a ‘regional powerhouse’ with a turnover of £22.7m. 

Gavin Tyler, managing partner at Cripps Harries Hall, said the merger will enhance the firm’s corporate work and boost turnover, which has remained at £18m for the past few years. The firm recorded £4.9m in profits in its last financial year, with real estate and private client work its strongest areas.  

Tyler (pictured) said the merged firm will reach two-thirds of the Kent market, but added it was not on an acquisition trail. ‘Vertex Law has been the perfect complement for us, doubling the size of our corporate and commercial practice,’ he said.  

The merger will establish a combined workforce of 300 people, including 46 partners, operating across Kent and London.