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Expansion for HBJ Gateley Wareing
Forty former partners of the Halliwells Manchester office have joined the law firm HBJ Gateley Wareing.
The move comprises the banking & finance, corporate, real estate, real estate litigation, corporate recovery, commercial litigation, intellectual property, employment, pensions and construction business units.
The teams will operate as the Manchester office of HBJ Gateley Wareing, out of the current Halliwells’ office in Hardman Square, Manchester.
Halliwells recently applied for a court-appointed administrator after running into financial difficulties.
Following the move HBJ Gateley Wareing will have 140 partners and is expected to have a turnover of around £65m for the year ending 30 April 2011. It now has seven UK offices as well as one in Dubai. The move also brings an additional 200 fee earners and staff to the firm, bringing total numbers to 750.
Malcolm McPherson, senior partner at HBJ Gateley Wareing said: "We have recognised for some time that there was an opportunity to develop our business in the North-West and to strengthening links between Scotland and the North-West which will be delivered through the new Manchester office."