Weight-man is hungry
Weightmans is set to merge with Radcliffes LeBrasseur this spring.
However, it appears that Radcliffes LeBrasseur will be swallowed up by Weightmans, as it doesn't even get a place on the letterhead. The new firm is to be called (drumroll...) Weightmans LLP, hinting to it being a merger in name only.
ROF - first out of the traps to break the news on Wednesday
Weightmans, headquartered in Liverpool, is by far the far the weightier party, with around 1,300 staff and 187 partners, while Radcliffes LeBrasseur has around 150 staff and about 42 partners. Turnover at Weightmans in the last recorded financial year was £103.4 million, compared to Radcliffes LeBrasseur's turnover of £17.2 million.
The two firms confirmed in a joint statement, that they are in "formal contract negotiations" with an aim to merge at the end of March 2022.
"Formal contract negotiations" in action - redact John Alexander Radcliffe and Robert Le Brasseur.
The joint-statement said that the new firm will have 225 partners with a total headcount of over 1400 people, which will "create a leading UK practice in healthcare". And the two firms also waxed lyrical, in the usual pre-merger spiel, about the "number of synergies in respect of clients and sectors" and "a passionate commitment to achieving the highest standards in delivering legal services to their clients," and so on, and so forth, as Weightmans' stomach rumbled.