Two Australian firms have announced they will join forces, effective 1 July 2017.
HopgoodGanim, which has offices in Brisbane and Perth, has revealed that it will merge with Perth-based resources and projects firm, Hunt & Humphry.
The merger comes as both firms look to boost their brand across the country by offering a larger team of mining, energy, corporate, tenure and infrastructure specialists to their national and international client base.
As part of the merger, both firms will operate under the HopgoodGanim name, however the total branding transition is expected to take place by the end of the year.
As of the start of the financial year, Hunt & Humphry’s leadership team, which comprises of Michael Hunt, Paul Harley, Josh Hunt and James Hunt, along with their associates, will operate out of HopgoodGanim’s current Perth office.
A spokesman for HopgoodGanim said that the move will boost the firm’s Perth headcount to approximately 40. The Brisbane office remains HopgoodGamin's largest presence, with a workforce of around 260 personnel.
HopgoodGanim managing partner Bruce Humphrys said the arrival of Hunt & Humphry’s lawyers will enhance the firm’s premium offering to clients.
“HopgoodGanim has a recognised strength and presence in the mining, energy and projects sector, and we have long admired the incredible reputation of Hunt & Humphry as a premium resources and infrastructure firm, both within WA and internationally,” he said.
“This move is about playing to our strengths and continuing to deliver up to our clients a firm of leading and trusted sector specialists.”
Meanwhile, Hunt & Humphry principal Michael Hunt said that the move to merge with HopgoodGanim will be significantly beneficial to Hunt & Humphry’s clients.
“HopgoodGanim is a significant and very reputable mid-tier firm with a reputation for exceptional service, a relationship culture and gifted legal technicians. Our clients will now have the benefit of a full service commercial offering and a large team of legal and commercial advisers in the west and east,” he explained.