Clyde & Co and BLM to merge in July

Clyde & Co and BLM to merge in July

Clyde & Co and BLM have agreed to merge and create a law firm with global annual revenue of more than £700 million, 5,000 staff and offices in 60 cities worldwide.

The combination will conclude in July following a vote in favour by partners at both firms. The new combined law firm will be known as Clyde & Co going forward.

Both law firms have large presences outside of London, with Clyde & Co based in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol, among other cities, while BLM, a law firm focused on insurance risk and commercial law, has offices in locations such as Liverpool, Birmingham and Southampton, as well as Scotland.

BLM used to have offices in Leeds and Bristol, but decided to switch to remote working in both locations in 2020.

Following completion of the merger, BLM will become part of Clyde & Co’s global insurance practice group.

The majority of its lawyers will join Clyde & Co’s casualty insurance practice, with other sizable groups joining the professional liability, healthcare and business advisory teams.

Carolena Gordon, senior partner at Clyde & Co, commented: “We are delighted the merger has secured approval from both sets of partners. At Clyde & Co we are always focused on growing and developing our offering for the good of our clients and our people and this merger does exactly that. BLM has highly talented people and outstanding client relationships and we are excited by the potential of this combination.”

Matthew Harrington, senior partner at BLM, added: “We are looking forward to the opportunities combining both firms will bring for our people and our clients. This merger is one of aligned approaches and values, offering huge benefits to our clients in the areas that matter most.”

“Combining our expertise will strengthen our market offering in the UK casualty, healthcare, and professional liability space, with true operational excellence and the agility to respond rapidly to the changing needs of the market.”

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