European law firm Fieldfisher has today announced it is merging with Heatons LLP, a Manchester based boutique law firm. This follows a partnership vote at Field Fisher Waterhouse which passed last week.
Matthew Fleetwood, currently Managing Partner of Heatons LLP, will become the Managing Partner of the joint Manchester operations working with Sarah Ellson who leads the firm's existing Manchester office. Matthew has a mandate to lead and grow the merged firm in the North West region.
Michael Chissick, Managing Partner at Fieldfisher, commented:
"Like many other UK City law firms, we have to continuously find ways of providing more value to our key clients. Feedback from our clients has encouraged us to look at having an enlarged regional operation, which has resulted in this merger. We have long known and admired the Heatons team.
"We will continue to offer our clients high quality legal advice, however we also recognise that clients are becoming more cost conscious. This merger will give us the ability to offer more competitive rates across various practice areas and will improve our geographic reach for national and regional clients. We also have a number of long standing clients in the Manchester area that we are keen to continue supporting."
Fieldfisher opened its office in Manchester in 2004.
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