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Mid-tier law firms complete merger

Paul Gleeson

Two Aussie mid-tier law firms have confirmed they have officially merged, four months after first announcing their intentions to combine.

Russell Kennedy and Aitken Lawyers has completed their proposed merger which was first announced to market in November and set for a 1 March 2019 completion date.

The merged firm will be known as Russell Kennedy, and as Russell Kennedy Aitken Lawyers in NSW, according to a statement. The combined firm boasts 270 staff members total.

The combination will see the new firm service a range of practice areas including: corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, property and development, estate planning and family law, commonwealth state and local government, aged care and retirement living, workplace relations and employment, insolvency, rural services and renewable energy.

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“We’re seeing how vital it is for clients, who, while based in one location, operate across multiple jurisdictions and are increasingly feeling the impact of national policy reform,” said Paul Gleeson, Russell Kennedy managing director.

“In addition, our merger offers clients access to new services and practice areas and gives us the opportunity to enhance existing relationships while also enabling us to build new relationships in new markets.

“Importantly, the two firms share similar culture and values, which means our clients can continue to expect the same dedication, expertise and high quality service they’ve come to know,” Mr Glesson said.

Aitken Lawyers managing partner Andrew Aitken noted that the combined firm will be nimble and flexible, allowing it to continue to provide excellent value for clients.

“While naturally, the merger means we’ve grown, we’re retaining what matters most – our values and client service,” he said.

“We believe this gives us an advantage in that we can better service our clients through scale, while remaining focused on responsiveness and understanding our clients’ needs.”

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