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Charles Russell Speechlys celebrates first anniversary of merger, with integration plans ahead of schedule and boosts in rankings and awards

1 November 2015
  • Major award wins include ‘Private Client Legal Team of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards and 2015 Legal 500 specialist award for TMT (Sport)
  • Firm elevated to top tier for Family and Sport in Legal 500 2016 rankings
  • 125 lawyers ranked as Leading Individuals in Chambers 2015

Charles Russell Speechlys has marked the first anniversary of the merger of the firm on 1 November with improved Legal 500 and Chambers rankings, and major wins at the British Legal Awards and 2015 Legal 500 Awards.

Highlights for the year include the Family and Sport groups rising to Tier 1 in this year’s Legal 500 rankings, and major award wins including ‘Private Client Legal Team of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards and a 2015 Legal 500 specialist award for TMT (Sport).

Charles Russell Speechlys now has the highest number of UK-based wealth sectors lawyers of any firm, according to the Citywealth 2015 Leaders List.

The gains follow a year of integration at the firm, after the firm’s partners voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger in July 2014.

The combination saw the creation of a law firm that brings together complementary skillsets, combining a pre-eminent private wealth practice with a significant business law capability.

With a clear firm-wide strategy, the focus has been on building the brand and the resources needed to deliver that strategy. This has included a commitment to developing staff through a dedicated Skills Academy.

The integration of the businesses has been centred around the rationalisation of the firm’s London offices, which will see all the firm’s London fee-earners based in Fleet Place by the end of December 2015, nearly 12 months ahead of the schedule set at the time of the merger.

This rationalisation will result in an overall 20% reduction in the firm’s London premises.

James Carter, Managing Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said:

"At our first birthday, we have a huge amount to celebrate. We have seen our rankings in the legal directories rise and we have carved out a unique position in the market, unlocking significant opportunities for our clients and for our staff.

"I am particularly pleased that in our first year, we have made internal partner promotions in all three UK offices across all four business divisions, and have seen lateral partner appointments in Luxembourg, Paris and the Middle East.

"Our enhanced, combined offering has generated a number of significant client wins. Our strength comes from our experience working with both major corporates and private capital.

We are now focused on offering existing and new clients both breadth and depth of expertise and first-class client service. This in turn has contributed to building our brand as a market-leading firm providing business law and private wealth advice internationally."

For more information, please contact Jasmine Dillon Head of Marketing Communications on +44 (0)20 7203 5343.