National firm merges with Melbourne practice

National firm merges with Melbourne practice

17 October 2021 By Lauren Croft

Colin Biggers & Paisley is merging with a Melbourne-based commercial practice in a move that grows the BigLaw player’s partnership to 74.

The merger will combine the practice groups of Melbourne-based firm Logie-Smith Lanyon and Colin Biggers & Paisley into one legal practice: Colin Biggers & Paisley. It will, the firm said, accelerate its growth and reinforce its position in the Melbourne market.

Logie-Smith Lanyon will bring across 31 new staff, including six partners, to Colin Biggers & Paisley’s Melbourne office. This will see Colin Biggers & Paisley’s partnership grow to 74 and total numbers across its three east coast offices rise to 500.

Colin Biggers & Paisley managing partner Nick Crennan has been working with Logie-Smith Lanyon managing partner Andrew Logie-Smith to ensure a successful merger, officially effective on 1 November.


Mr Crennan said aside from the challenges of executing a merger in lockdown, it was business as usual for the firm.

While the environment is challenging, it’s business as usual for Colin Biggers & Paisley. We continue to work alongside our clients, advising them, as they are dealing with the challenges of an increasingly complex operating environment,” he said.

“Our practice is in a strong position, and this merger will further cement our position in Melbourne and Australia as one of the leading Australian practices across our chosen markets and fields of expertise.

“The partners of Colin Biggers & Paisley have relished the opportunity to learn more about Logie-Smith Lanyon, with both our practices sharing the same values and collaborative approach to working together to provide solutions to our clients that solve their problems. I am confident our combined practices, expertise and experience will create an exceptional offering for our clients,” Mr Crennan added.

Mr Logie-Smith said the move to Colin Biggers & Paisley offers Logie-Smith Lanyon clients access to a greater depth and breadth of services, as well as exceptional career opportunities for the Logie-Smith Lanyon team.


Colin Biggers & Paisley has a reputation in the market for their collaborative approach to solving their clients’ problems, and their culture,” he said.

“We are an ideal fit for each other. I’m confident that as one practice, we will have a strong platform for growth in our core focus areas, and will deliver exceptional client service to our clients.

National firm merges with Melbourne practice
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