FCW Lawyers in Melbourne is joining forces with Aperion Law in Sydney, with the new entity taking effect from 5 July 2021.
FCW Lawyers, which was founded in 2017 and specialises in corporate, commercial and workplace law, has an annual turnover of over $6 million. Aperion was founded in 2015 – originally operating under the name Allen Legal – and has an annual turnover of $1.7 million.
The merged entity will be called FCW Lawyers, with a team of 25 professionals across both cities.
In a statement, the two firms said that having a presence in two states would mean that both practices are “able to expand the geographic reach of their expert service offering and industry focus while ensuring they don’t compromise the essence of what makes them trusted by their clients and valued by their employees”.
FCW managing principal Andrew Douglas said that both he and Aperion founder Mark Allen left the BigLaw environment because they enjoy having the ability to be agile and responsive in accordance with client needs.
“A firm of our size allows us to be nimble, inclusive and present but still able to provide premium advice in our discrete areas of expertise. In addition to our well-established focus on workplace relations, franchising and licensing; FCW Lawyers will be able to now also provide a wider range of transactional corporate and general commercial law services,” he proclaimed.
“Meeting a like-minded firm, with complementary expertise and a grounded presence in Sydney, made the decision to merge very easy.”
Mr Allen added: “As our clients progress along their growth trajectory, workplace and other sector-specific issues become more complex and require deeper expertise.
“Having a presence in Melbourne has also been on our radar for some time. The start-up space there is vibrant. To be able to join a firm that will be able to not only enhance our service offering but also give us a presence in Melbourne is an exciting opportunity for our team.”