Solicitor firms merge to form ‘legal powerhouse’

Tim Gladdle senior partner and Christina Yardley CEO of Rothera Bray LLP

Two East Midlands solicitor firms have announced a merger, in an effort to create a legal powerhouse with a diverse offering.

Nottingham-based Rotheras Solicitors LLP and Leicester-based Bray & Bray Solicitors will be merging as of yesterday (October 1), becoming Rothera Bray LLP.

The merger will entail all existing partners and staff of Bray & Bray and Rotheras Solicitors, joining together to create a 200-strong team with 27 partners, and all clients of both firms will come under the new LLP.

Founded in the 1800’s, Rotheras has focused on its private client services, whilst Bray and Bray has a corporate and commercial expertise.

Both firms have worked separately with Ortus Group with the relationship with Bray and Bray going back many years, while getting to know Rotheras more recently from representing JH Powell in Derby on their sale to Rotheras.

Christina Yardley, CEO at Rotheras Solicitors, said: “Rothera Bray is a merger of two thriving firms coming together as one, committed to our people focused approach as the firm that everyone can grow with. As well as expanding our geographical reach and the breadth of expertise we can offer to clients we are proud to become one of the top 200 UK law firms by revenue for the first time”.

Tim Gladdle, senior partner at Bray & Bray said: “The merger is an excellent opportunity for us to expand the expertise within our teams whilst growing and developing our offering to clients across the East Midlands and nationally.

“Both of our firms have a long history in Leicester, Nottingham, and Derby, and we have found a natural symmetry in our goal to serve our clients with integrity and excellence. We look forward to aligning our approach and values in a merger that will strengthen our market offering which will benefit from new technologies that will streamline processes and infrastructure, adding further value to our client experience.”

Colin White, founder and managing director of Ortus Group which has facilitated the merger said: “Having known Bray & Bray for such a long time and latterly getting to know Rotheras, I recognise two firms as being culturally so aligned that I had to explore the feasibility of introducing them to one another.

“Their complementary strengths together with what I knew about their ambitions meant I was confident they would become greater than the sum of their parts and I am delighted to have played a role in creating this new firm”.