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McGrigors merges with Northern Ireland firm

28 August 2009

National law firm McGrigors has announced that it is to merge with the Northern Irish practice L'Estrange & Brett.

The merged firm will be Northern Ireland's first major law firm to offer national reach. As part of the merger, the Belfast offices of McGrigors and L'Estrange & Brett will be integrated and will create one of Northern Ireland's largest legal practices, with over 40 lawyers and a total headcount of approximately 100.

Richard Masters, managing partner at McGrigors, said: "L'Estrange & Brett is a good fit for McGrigors with excellent synergies across the practice areas and a common focus on quality. The merger reflects our plans for growing our business through joining up with firms where there is an excellent strategic and cultural fit."

Brian Henderson, senior partner at L'Estrange & Brett, said: “The merger allows us to become part of a UK wide practice – the first move of its kind by a leading Northern Ireland firm. It means we will be able to offer our existing and future clients a greater range of services, including specialist services, not currently available in Northern Ireland, as well as a greater geographical reach.

The merger is due to complete on 1 October. The staff in McGrigors’ Belfast office will move to L'Estrange & Brett's offices at Arnott House on Bridge Street. The merged firm will act under the McGrigors name.

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