Lupton Fawcett and Lee & Priestley, two of Yorkshire's best known law firms, have confirmed that they have joined forces.
Lupton Fawcett has acquired the business of Lee & Priestley whose partners and staff join Lupton Fawcett immediately.
The enlarged firm will trade as 'Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley' and will have approximately 270 staff with over 130 executives making it one of Yorkshire's top law firms.
Richard Marshall, Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley's Managing Director said:
''The addition of the first class team from Lee & Priestley represents a great step forward in our journey to achieve our strategy of developing the firm best capable of meeting the needs of our regions wealth creators for commercial advice in their business capacities, and their need for wealth preservation services in their private capacities; I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues and know that together we can better serve our much valued clients.''
James Richardson, the former Managing Partner of Lee & Priestley will join Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley's Management Board, and its Strategy Board.
Mr Richardson commented: ''We are delighted to be able to bring Lupton Fawcett's breadth of offering to our clients, whilst at the same time being able to boost Lupton Fawcett's offering in so many areas, together we are well placed to meet the challenges of an increasingly demanding and sophisticated market.''
Practice areas with enhanced strength include Corporate Finance, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency, Commercial Property, Employment, Debt, Family and Child Care Law. The combined firm will have additional depth in key practice areas such as Health Care, with particular emphasis on Pharmacies and Care Homes.
Whilst keen to achieve further development in West Yorkshire, Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley's will increase its focus on developing the firms Sheffield and South Yorkshire offering. Mr Marshall said: ''We are very interested to speak to first class Sheffield lawyers wanting to make themselves and their teams part of Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley's fast developing and exciting future. We fully intend to grow our South Yorkshire offering to respond to the needs of that market with the help of the best talent in that area.''