Deal sees law firm join forces with Scottish counterpart

Sheffield-headquartered Irwin Mitchell has acquired a Scotland-based law firm – Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie.

The deal means the two firms will collaborate to provide a full suite of legal and financial services operating out of more than 20 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

They have complementary skills north of the border with Irwin Mitchell Scotland operating out of Glasgow predominantly in banking and finance and complex personal injury work, while Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie specialises in corporate, private client, property, and asset management.

In England and Wales, Irwin Mitchell – which also has a base in Leeds – already provides a full suite of legal and financial services which will be opened up to Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie’s clients.

As part of the agreement, on completion, Irwin Mitchell partners Bruce Macmillan, Craig Marshall and Mark Higgins, will join the newly constituted Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie Management Board.

Craig Marshall, group chief operating officer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The two firms are a great cultural fit and share a similar purpose, values, and future vision.

“We have ambitious plans for growth, and we are both focused on building on our client-centric approach, an excellent colleague experience and an ambition to become leading responsible businesses.

“This strategic investment significantly expands our access to Scotland and Irwin Mitchell and Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie believe it will fundamentally enhance the service for current and future clients across the whole of the UK and internationally.”

Fraser Gillies, managing partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie, will continue to head operations in Scotland.

He added: “This is a landmark moment for our firm. We have expanded considerably over the past decade and this investment will supercharge our growth efforts and provide a clear route into England and Wales, while broadening the services we can offer our clients.

“We share a similar approach, putting our clients and people at the heart of everything we do. We also share similar ambitions for the future, so we are proud to make history together and begin this exciting new chapter.”

Both Irwin Mitchell and Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie have pursued strategic growth plans over the past decade with lateral hires and M&A activity used to grow their businesses in complementary areas.

In the past 12 months Irwin Mitchell has agreed deals to acquire asset management firms TWP Wealth and Andrews Gwynne.

The firm has also opened new offices in Cardiff and Liverpool and recruited 18 new partners.

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