Shakespeare Martineau

Shakespeare Martineau merges with Bristol’s GL Law

National firm Shakespeare Martineau has this week merged with Bristol-headquartered firm GL Law.

The merger is expected to add more than £4.5 million in revenue and 60 staff to GL Law. The firm is set to adopt the branding of Shakespeare Martineau, which is part of Ampa, the legal and professional services group.

Acting for businesses, people and their families, GL Law “will bolster Shakespeare Martineau’s existing expertise, but also further expand its sector specialisms in the creative industries and leisure and hospitality, as well as increase its geographical reach”.

With headquarters in Bristol and a team in London, GL Law has been acting for owner-managed businesses, SMEs, start-ups and private clients across the Southwest and beyond for more than 300 years and looks to continue and extend this legacy under the Shakespeare Martineau brand.

Richard Hill, managing director at GL Law said:

“Organic growth has been the driving force behind our business for many years. Our strategy to bring innovation to new service areas and empower our team to work collaboratively has resulted in great success for both our clients and the firm. By joining the exceptional team at Shakespeare Martineau, a firm who truly share our values and ethos, we will be in a much stronger position to accelerate our ambitious growth plans.

There is a lot of consolidation in the legal market right now, but no one is offering what Shakespeare Martineau does, together we’re bringing a completely new approach to professional services in the local market.

This is an exciting next step in our journey, as we continue to build our services across the Southwest, leveraging the national reach, expertise, and resource offered by Shakespeare Martineau, to grow our support for existing and future clients.”

Sarah Walker-Smith, chief executive of Shakespeare Martineau, stated:

“Our house of brands strategy includes a combination of introducing new standalone brands to the group or combining new teams or entities with our current leading brands.

In the case of GL Law, its existing legal offering and its market, it made sense for it to join Shakespeare Martineau and expand the footprint of this brand within our group.”

There are no redundancies expected as part of the merger, and the brand is proactively looking to recruit talent in the area.

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