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HWL Ebsworth confirms upcoming merger

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has confirmed it will combine with another Australian law firm before the end of the year.

user iconEmma Musgrave 30 August 2019 Big Law
HWL Ebsworth confirms upcoming merger
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HWL Ebsworth Lawyers will combine with Western Australia-based Bellanhouse Lawyers, effective 4 November 2019. Bellanhouse is a boutique corporate law firm, specialising in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.

The move will see Bellanhouse’s five partners, Bryn Hardcastle, Shaun Hardcastle, Michael Boyce, Dave Filov and Deanna Carpenter, along with its legal team, join HWL Ebsworth’s Perth office.


“I have been tremendously impressed by the quality and commitment of the Bellanhouse team. At every stage of our discussions, it has been clear that their dedication to their clients and their desire to join a firm that shares their approach to doing business was a crucial element of their decision-making process,” said Juan Martinez, HWL Ebsworth managing partner.

“Given the size of the Bellanhouse team, their success to date has been extraordinary. As reported in a recent Global Capital Markets Review, Bellanhouse was recorded as having advised on more equity capital market deals in the first half of 2019 than any other law firm in Australia.

“I am delighted they identified HWL Ebsworth as the best option for their clients and team, and their addition will strengthen our offering in areas that will be important for us and our clients in the years to come. This combination is yet another demonstration of our ongoing eagerness to pursue opportunities to enhance our offering to our national and international client base.”

Mr Hardcastle, Bellanhouse managing partner said the merger was a natural fit.

“Since launching Bellanhouse, we have differentiated ourselves from traditional law firms through our partner-led approach and personalised service. To continue our rapid progression, it became apparent that we needed to be able to offer our clients a broader range of expertise and the benefits of a national platform,” Mr Hardcastle said.

“Having considered a number of options, it became evident very quickly that combining our operations with HWL Ebsworth would allow us to be part of a full-service commercial law firm without requiring us to change the way in which we service our clients.”