Edinburgh legal practices Gibson Kerr and Marwicks are to merge in a move that will expand the range of services on offer to their clients.
The tie-up will result in the existing Marwicks' premises in Dundas Street being refurbished and later rebranded as Gibson Kerr, providing a platform for expansion within the city's residential property sector. The merged firm will have a total of 13 staff.
Marwicks' principal, Michael Marwick, will continue in the role of consultant solicitor and will be joined in the Dundas Street office by Scott Rasmusen, partner and head of property at Gibson Kerr.
Rasmusen said: "We have been looking for sometime to find the right firm that would allow us to develop an enhanced residential property operation to meet our plans to further expand Gibson Kerr while complementing our other high quality client legal services.
"We are looking forward to developing the Dundas Street premises, which provides us with a prime city centre shop front location and allow us to create what we think will be a new force in residential property."
Marwick added: "We have a proud reputation for specialising in the purchase and sale of residential property throughout Scotland and in Shetland. Gibson Kerr are a like-minded firm who understand the value of delivering a high level of personal service to clients.
Gibson Kerr, based in India Street, was formed in the early 1980s, although the business originally dates back to the 1940s. It was acquired by Scott and Fiona Rasmusen in 2005. The firm specialises in personal law, family law and property. Partner Fiona Rasmusen is head of family law, partner Lindsay Maclean is head of personal law with the property team headed by Scott Rasmusen.
Marwicks was established as a separate firm in Edinburgh in 1978. Since then it has specialised in the purchase and sale of residential property throughout mainland Scotland and in Shetland.