Solicitors merge to expand services throughout the North West

Emily Raw

Macclesfield law firm Jobling Gowler has merged with social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS).

The merger will see ACS, which currently employs more than 300 staff across offices in Birmingham and Manchester, welcome the team at private client practice Jobling Gowler into its national operations, further establishing its presence in the North West.

ACS’s private client team provides a specialist service in a variety of disciplines and has been serving the private client sector for almost 50 years.

The firm is consistently ranked top tier in both the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories for its work with individuals.

Founded in 1996, Jobling Gowler boasts a strong track record and reputation across several areas including clinical negligence, serious personal injury, wills, probate and tax, as well as legal services for the elderly and vulnerable.

It will continue to trade under its existing name from its base in Macclesfield, led by managing partner Emily Raw, with the firm’s team becoming an extension of ACS.

Emily Raw said: “Client relationships are front and centre of everything we do at Jobling Gowler, so to have found a partner in ACS that shares the same vision and values as us, while providing the opportunity to scale, was key.

“By combining our shared wisdom, resources and practices, we’re entering an exciting new chapter that will help evolve our offering and deliver our services to more people.”

Peter Hubbard, senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “Jobling Gowler is a highly admired firm, home to a team of passionate and driven specialists that share the same values as Anthony Collins Solicitors. The firm’s mission statement aligns perfectly with our own social purpose to improve lives, communities and society, so the union of our two organisations feels like a natural next step for us all in achieving our aims.

“The merger is also a real milestone for Anthony Collins Solicitors, one that reflects our national growth ambitions in line with our 2022-25 strategy.”