Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co have confirmed that they will merge to become
Who's Ince's Daddy? Ince Gordon Dadds.
The new combined business, planned to launch by the end of the year, will become the largest UK listed law firm with revenue of over £114 million. The announcement was accompanied by a kazoo rather than a golden fanfare, as only a handful of UK law firms are actually listed.
Gordon Dadds' managing partner Adrian Giles said that he "will be delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the group". He commented that "Ince is a highly successful and well-respected business" (OK, let's allow that), adding that the shipping firm is "an iconic brand" (that's going too far).
Peter Rogan, Ince's Chairman, also felt the love saying "This is an exciting day for us at Ince, with this cutting-edge deal being very much in line with our long-established strategy" (of being taken over?).
Taking the shine off the tie-up, Gordon Dadds has had to field questions about Lord Hain being an adviser to the firm. Last week, Hain used parliamentary privilege to break a court injunction as he named Philip Green as the businessman facing sexual harassment allegations. It has since emerged that Gordon Dadds was instructed by The Daily Telegraph regarding the injunction case.
A spokeswoman for Gordon Dadds told RollOnFriday that the firm had not "in any way acted improperly". She added that Hain "did not obtain any information from Gordon Dadds" regarding the injunction, nor had he had any "involvement in the advice" to The Telegraph or "any sensitive information regarding this case.”
Hain also released a statement saying that his decision to name Green was in his "personal capacity as an independent member of the House Of Lords". And that he "was completely unaware Gordon Dadds were advising the Telegraph regarding this case". He stated that the firm "played absolutely no part whatsoever in either the sourcing of my information or my independent decision to name Sir Philip".
It remains to be seen whether Hain will use parliamentary privilege to claim that the entire board of Ince fiddles with farmyard animals and then claim that his relationship with Gordon Dadds was entirely coincidental.