Legal firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is joining forces with Canadian solicitors Gowlings to create an international law business.
The merged new firm, Gowling WLG, will have more than 1,400 lawyers and legal professionals and is scheduled to launch in January next year.
The new firm will operate from 18 locations across Canada, the UK, Europe, Asia and the middle east.
Wragge Lawrence Graham (WLG) & Co LLP and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP will become founding members of Gowling WLG International,(a company limited by guarantee), to operate as independent and autonomous law firms under the Gowling WLG name and brand.
Scott Jolliffe, chief executive and chairman of Gowlings, said: “Gowling WLG will be a true coming together of equals.
“As a result of this combination, we will be able to offer a broader range of services and a deeper pool of legal expertise in key sectors, delivered seamlessly across the world by people who care about their clients and doing the best possible job for them.”
Gowling WLG will be governed by an international board, comprising each of the founding firms’ chief executives and two additional representatives from each founding firm.
Jolliffe explained that the two businesses are creating Gowling WLG to meet clients’ increasingly international legal needs. Many of the firms’ clients and the sectors in which they operate are international.
A statement from WLG explained that last year’s merger between Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham was a first step that established foundations for increased UK and international capability.
David Fennell, chief executive of WLG, said: “This is the next step and, in Gowlings, we have found a like-minded business with which to move forward.”
Earlier this year, Gowlings launched Gowlings Practical, a new approach to legal project management that gives clients greater cost-certainty, efficiency and value for their legal spend.
By Marcel LeGouais