Squire Sanders tie-up will benefit Manchester, says Haxby

THE MERGER between Hammonds and US law firm Squire Sanders will be beneficial for Manchester’s economy by generating more opportunities in the city, according to the head of its Manchester office, Jane Haxby.

Speaking at a launch event for the newly merged firm, Squire Sanders Hammonds, at the Museum of Science and Industry last night, Haxby said the merger would create “a full service office that is part of a greater global concern”.

“The world is more of a global place and we’re already seeing opportunities being created as a result.”

For instance, European regional co-ordinator Joe Markoski told TheBusinessDesk.com that Squire Sanders had recently represented a Cincinatti-based US client on its takeover of Leeds-based Squirrel Storage from its London office, but if the deal were done today it could now offer its client a presence in the same city.

Similarly, Haxby said that both firms had grown from industrial bases – Bradford and Cleveland, Ohio respectively – serving corporate clients and shared strengths in similar industries.

Markoski added that the businesses shared a similar ethos, stating that the “people aspect” of the merger was the easiest to overcome.

“We share a common culture and a respect for our partners.”

The merger has created a firm which now has 1,275 lawyers in 37 offices spread across 17 different countries.

“I started at the firm as a trainee in 1993 and throughout this time have witnessed many changes, some terrific achievements and some interesting times, however none have been as momentous as the combination with Squire Sanders & Dempsey which makes us part of a top 25 global legal practice,” said Haxby.