Scottish legal firms to join forces

Law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) is further expanding in Scotland and consolidating its east coast practice by merging with CCW Business Lawyers.

WJM managing partner Fraser Gillies (centre) with CCW Partners (L-R) John Clarke, Stephen Cotton, Alison Marshall and Michael Dewar. Picture: Mark F Gibson

Financial details are not being disclosed but the deal will see four partners and eight employees from CCW’s Edinburgh and Dunfermline offices join WJM. The tie-up takes effect from 3 December and the combined business will continue to trade as Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie.

Along with recent partner promotions, the merger will take WJM to 31 partners and 60 fee earners.

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The firm said the latest deal would add “strength and quality” to its existing offering – in particular in commercial property and corporate – while further strengthening its national footprint.

WJM’s managing partner, Fraser Gillies, said: “We have a very clear vision for WJM as a leading independent Scottish firm.

“From our very first discussion with CCW it was clear we share similar values including an entrepreneurial outlook, a commitment to excellence in all that we do and the view that long-term, deep client relationships are key to a successful and sustainable practice.

“There were also clear synergies in our client bases amongst the SME (small and medium-sized enterprise), owner managed and family business sectors. Both our firms share a substantial heritage combined with a modern outlook on the delivery of legal services. The merger consolidates our existing Edinburgh practice, gives us a presence in Dunfermline, and gives us a fantastic platform for continued growth.”

CCW managing partner John Clarke added: “Merging with WJM is the perfect solution for CCW’s clients, staff and partners.”