Somerset Chamber of Commerce member Ashfords is to merge with Thames Valley-based law firm Boyes Turner from 1 May 2019. Boyes Turner has 22 partners, more than 55 other lawyers and in excess of 160 staff.
The combined firm, to trade as Ashfords, will have seven offices, 100 partners and 600 staff.
The combined firm will remain committed to South West markets, growing and developing business in the firms’ Exeter, Bristol, Tiverton, Plymouth and Taunton offices.
Garry Mackay, chief executive and partner at Ashfords, said: “Ashfords have grown 76 per cent in the last six years and the merger aligns with our firm strategy for moving forward and our drive to ensure our clients always receive the best advice.
“Having spent a lot of time with individuals at Boyes Turner it was clear that culturally both firms are like-minded. This was an imperative part of any deal as this enables us to retain the positive, rewarding and fair working environment Ashfords has a reputation for.
“The merger will provide enhanced progression opportunities and allow the firm to attract and retain talent.”
The merger concludes a process that began with exploratory negotiations in early 2017 which will ensure the long-term sustainable growth of the firm.
Boyes Turner chief executive and partner Andrew Chalkley said: “As a leading tech and innovation firm this merger allows for greater growth from our existing strong position.
“The firm has seen double-digit growth in recent years and is already 12 per cent up on the same point last year. This merger gives us the scale and investment capability to grow, expand our client base and keep pace with our clients’ needs.
“The combined firm will enable us to provide even more value to our clients as we will be able to offer a wider range of skills and service lines.”