Thorntons announces merger with Edinburgh-based Stuart & Stuart WS

Thorntons announces merger with Edinburgh-based Stuart & Stuart WS

Pictured (L-R): Colin Graham, Lesley Larg and Chris Anderson

Thorntons Solicitors has announced a merger with Edinburgh-based Stuart & Stuart WS, creating an expanded business with a headcount of 564, including 71 partners.

The merger, which takes effect from 1 April 2022, brings together two historic firms, with Stuart & Stuart WS tracing its origins back to 1804 and Thorntons to 1857.

Stuart & Stuart senior partner Chris Anderson described the merger as “a fantastic move for two firms which share a remarkably similar outlook”.

He added: “In a career which has seen its fair share of deals, this was one of the simplest and most positive transactions. Both firms have a long and proud pedigree of client service and I have no doubt the newly enlarged firm will continue to forge ahead.”

Under the terms of the merger, Stuart & Stuart’s entire team of 31 will transfer to Thorntons. Chris Anderson will transfer as a consultant to the merged firm and John MacKenzie, Fergus Macmillan, Andrew Bertram and Emma Horne will be appointed partners at Thorntons, with Ken Lauder appointed a legal director.

Thorntons, which recently posted a record turnover for last year of £31.2 million, has offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and across Angus and Fife.

Thorntons managing partner Lesley Larg said: “It is incredibly encouraging, having received many, many approaches over the years, that Stuart & Stuart have chosen Thorntons as a trusted home for their clients and their people.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Stuart & Stuart’s people to Thorntons and am excited about the significant benefits arising from this deal. There are many similarities in terms of the services the firms provide, our shared values which drive how we operate for our people and our communities, and our mutual focus on excellent client care.

“Stuart & Stuart is a venerable private client firm in the broadest sense, offering residential conveyancing, estate agency, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, executries and family law. It is central to our strategic plan that we remain a full-service law firm and accelerate our growth in the Central Belt, and therefore Stuart & Stuart is a superb, complementary fit, given its culture, history and commitment to outstanding client service.

“We look forward to providing a wide range of opportunities for the Stuart & Stuart team as we welcome them into the Thorntons family.”

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