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01 November 2014

Charles Russell Speechlys combination creates one of the world’s leading business and private wealth law firms

Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham merged on 1 November to create Charles Russell Speechlys.
The new firm has 170 partners, a total of 500 lawyers and revenues of £135m. The partners of both Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger in July this year. The combination creates a top-30 UK law firm that combines a pre-eminent private wealth practice with a significant business law capability.
The firm provides advisory, transactional, regulatory and Litigation & Dispute Resolution services to major corporates, privately-owned businesses and wealthy individuals. It has significant strength in the real estate and construction sectors, transactional expertise across the financial services sector, and specialist Litigation & Dispute Resolution, employment, intellectual property and commercial teams advising in sectors such as healthcare, retail, leisure, sport and TMT. At the heart of the new firm is its commitment to private wealth. The merger reinforces the firm’s ability to advise wealthy individuals, family offices, trust companies, private banks and wealth managers and large, privately held businesses seamlessly.
Headquartered in London, the firm has a network of offices in some of Europe’s and the Gulf’s main wealth and business centres, as well as long-standing relationships and networks throughout the United States, Africa and the Caribbean.
“The size and structure of the firm unlocks significant opportunities for our clients and for our staff,” said James Carter, Charles Russell Speechlys’ managing partner. “Partners from both firms had the desire to create a market-leading firm providing business law and private wealth advice internationally. The creation of Charles Russell Speechlys takes us a long way towards meeting that shared and now very achievable objective.”
“This is a significant and exciting development for two firms that can both trace their heritage back for well over 100 years, said Christopher Page, Charles Russell Speechlys’ senior partner. “We believe that the combination enables us to offer clients an integrated approach with greater depth of expertise and to continue our long traditions of delivering first-class client service combined with trusted legal insight and sophisticated commercial awareness.