Ison Harrison merges with Maurice Smiths

Ison Harrison, has merged with Castleford and Pontefract firm Maurice Smiths.

Following the merger, the firm now boasts 10 offices and over 190 staff and offers a service in all areas of law.

Maurice Smiths was established in 1933 and with a staff of over 20 people, specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing, wills and probate, crime and family law.

Ison Harrison’s managing partner, Jonathan Wearing, said that the merger reflected a continuation of an expansion plan that the Leeds firm have been following for the last six years.

“We believe that you have to understand the markets that you move into and that you have to know what the public want from a law firm,” he said.

Ison Harrison partner and head of private client Dominic Mackenzie said that the type of work that Maurice Smiths has offered complemented the services that Ison Harrison provides.

“We also need to be comfortable that a merger will work for us and our clients in terms of both size and geography,” said Mackenzie.

“We have long established branches, for example, in nearby Garforth and Crossgates. These offices are very similar to the Maurice Smiths offices as well as collectively giving us a very large presence to the South and East of Leeds.”

Maurice Smiths’ senior partner Richard Pinto said that he was looking forward to working in the new firm: “We can now offer the fullest range of legal services to the people of Castleford and Pontefract,” he said.