The urge to merge - will 2017-18 be a big year for UK law firm tie-ups?

The market is currently alive with talk of potential mergers - here, managing partners and consultants size up the prospects for consolidation

For the past two years, Legal Week‘s UK Top 50 rankings have not been hugely impacted by merger activity, but 2017-18 got off to a bang with the three-way union of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang and Norton Rose’s long-awaited takeover of Chadbourne & Parke.

These deals, along with this February’s transatlantic tie-up of Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, will significantly reshape the upper echelons of the UK legal rankings, and many in the market say the change will not stop there, amid much anticipation of a long-predicted wave of law firm consolidation.

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