Pre-merger PEP at Lawrence Graham grew 64% in 2013-14

    Profit per equity partner (PEP) rose by 63.8% at legacy Lawrence Graham in the firm's 2013-14 financial results, prior to the merger with Wragges & Co which went live on 1 May this year.

    Frances Ivens |July 25, 2014
  • KWM-SJB tie-up gets cautious thumbs up as other merger moves fail to convince

    SJ Berwin's merger with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been met with guarded optimism by law firm partners, who are more cynical about other recent high-profile tie-ups. Legal Week's latest Big Question survey has found that nearly 50% of partners believe legacy SJ Berwin's merger with Asia-Pacific giant KWM, which went live last November, looks like a good deal, while a further 6% believe the tie-up will be game-changing. However, 44% of respondents have a 'negative' or 'very negative' view of the union. Nearly half (46%) of partners see the KWM combination as being on a par with other sizeable international mergers in recent years, namely Norton Rose's tie-up with Texas firm Fulbright & Jaworski, which went live last June, US firm Hogan & Hartson's merger with City firm Lovells in 2010 and the three-way union between SNR Denton, Salans and Canada's Fraser Milner Casgrain last March forming Dentons.

    By Pui-Guan Man |March 13, 2014
  • Wragges, LG confirm management board for merged firm

    Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham have set up a new management board for the combined firm, which will be structured around five practice groups when the merger goes live on 1 May.

    By Anna Reynolds |February 16, 2014
  • Reasons to be cheerful – is the LG merger a good move for Wragge & Co?

    For a law firm leader, Wragge & Co senior partner Quentin Poole is very approachable. Neither colleagues nor rivals seem to have a bad word to say about him and, as the firm's long-awaited London merger draws closer, he has more reason than ever to be cheerful. Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co may not exactly roll off the tongue, but the tie-up goes some way towards giving Wragges the London traction it has been struggling to build organically for many years. Not to mention a shiny, relatively new office in More London – albeit, an office more synonymous with merger partner Lawrence Graham's financial difficulties than anything positive. The union, which goes live in May, takes Wragges from Birmingham firm to UK player and represents a shift in its approach to the UK legal market and beyond. It's a deal that makes sense for both firms even though it does not come near to delivering the finished article.

    By Georgina Stanley |February 13, 2014
  • Wragges, LG on lookout for global merger following domestic tie-up

    Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham (LG) will seek a global merger once their own tie-up goes live on 1 May. In an exclusive interview with Legal Week, Wragges senior partner Quentin Poole said a merger with an international practice or practices was on the cards. The firms are thought to be interested in the model adopted by Norton Rose Fulbright and Dentons, both of which have expanded rapidly through a series of combinations. "Both firms will be more attractive now we have a bigger proposition in the UK and we are very open minded about a global merger," said Poole.

    By Anna Reynolds |February 13, 2014
  • Tomorrow, the world – Wragges senior partner Quentin Poole on the firm's upcoming merger

    The first thing many people comment on when meeting Wragge & Co senior partner Quentin Poole is how happy he looks. And with the firm's merger with City firm Lawrence Graham set to go live in a matter of months, Poole has more reason than ever to smile, with the long-awaited London tie-up marking the completion of Wragges' journey from Birmingham firm to UK player. Since joining Wragges in 1979, 58-year-old Poole has watched the firm grow from a small Birmingham outfit with some 50 lawyers into one of the UK's largest national players, and will oversee its latest expansion as it prepares to merge with Lawrence Graham on 1 May. Even aside from the merger, Poole is proud of how far Wragges has come – the formerly Birmingham-centric firm has more than 200 employees in London in its own right, offices in continental Europe, mainland China and the United Arab Emirates, and last year generated turnover of £120m.

    By Anna Reynolds |February 13, 2014