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164-year-old law firm set for merger

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) has announced that it will be merging with CCW Business Lawyers.

The 164-year-old Scottish law firm will merge with the commercial property specialist on Monday 3rd December 2018.

The merged firm will be known as Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP and is the next stage in WJM’s growth plan.

The merger extends WJM’s existing offering – in particular in commercial property and corporate law – and allows the firm to better serve the needs of the wider Scottish business and private client communities.

Four partners and eight employees from CCW’s Edinburgh and Dunfermline offices will be joining WJM.

Fraser Gillies, managing partner at WJM, said the merger consolidated its existing Edinburgh practice and gave it a presence in Dunfermline to give it a strong platform for continued growth.

“We have a very clear vision for WJM as a leading independent Scottish firm offering unrivalled client service to the parts of the Scottish marketplace we’ve focused on.

“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 among the SME, owner managed and family business sectors.”

John Clarke, managing partner at CCW, said merging with WJM was the perfect solution for its clients, staff and partners.

“Not only does it ensure continuity for at least the next 15 years (CCW having just had its 15th birthday) but – through our new colleagues in WJM – we will be able to offer CCW’s existing clients an extended range of services.”

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