A new legal force with a passion for people is the result of a merger between two legal firms, both of which have a strong presence in the city.
Award-winning top regional lawyers Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) and long-established and respected Hewitsons have merged, forming HCR Hewitsons locally. The merger completed at the end of May, resulting in a firm of approximately 780 people and £65m turnover.
The merger creates a powerful combination of strengths to benefit clients who are accustomed to in-depth expertise from both firms.
Inger Anson, who heads the Cambridge office, said: “This merger is an exciting next step in HCR’s mission to offer the market something different and in Hewitsons we have a partner which shares our ethos and passion for people.
“This merger has created a dynamic new team able to offer a genuine breadth and depth of expertise to our clients and opportunities for our staff.”
Colin Jones, former managing partner of Hewitsons, said: “The merger is great news for our staff and clients alike. Hewitsons had an absolute focus on our clients and a strong commitment to our people and HCR shares our core values. The firm’s size and breadth of specialisms means each client receives the focus it requires.”
Reflecting on the past year, he added: “This merger will increase career opportunities for staff, provide us with a platform which covers the breadth of the UK and enable our clients to benefit from the full range of legal specialisms provided by the combined full-service legal advice and strong regional network.
“All of our staff have joined the newly-merged business and, importantly, there has been no change in client service. Our clients’ point of contact will remain the same, but the depth of expertise and experience we can offer has just become even greater.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys (trading as HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Northampton) has staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Hereford, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley, providing a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients regionally and nationwide.
The firm has global reach via its network of independent law firms, LawExchange International.
The combined Cambridge teams will move into new premises in the coming months.