Piper Alderman merges with Norton Gledhill


National law firm Piper Alderman has announced its merger with boutique corporate and commercial firm Norton Gledhill.

The merger will be a full financial integration with partners of both firms sharing in the same pool of profits, and all of the current principals and employees of Norton Gledhill will join the merged practice.

David Burridge, Bruce Cameron, Hugh Scales, James Macdonald, Michael Coker, Alasdair McLean (Corporate and Commercial), Leneen Forde (Dispute Resolution) and Chris Hartigan (Employment and Workplace Relations) together with their respective teams will be part of merger, effective 1 November 2017.

The merged firm will boast 60 partners and 141 lawyers with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

With strong complementarity in their respective client bases, the merged firms provide legal services to both the private and public sector clients across a range of industries. They also share a practice strategy of providing premium legal advice in select areas of specialisation.

National Managing Partner Tony Britten-Jones said of the merger:

Our firm strategy has always been to offer clients a high level of service coupled with deep experience in our chosen areas of corporate and commercial legal practice. This strategy has informed our looking at good fit, merger opportunities with boutique practices such as Norton Gledhill.

Our firm’s increased presence in Melbourne as a result of the merger is particularly important in the corporate and commercial transactions space. Melbourne is an increasingly important market for our clients and one in which we are seeing significant and sustained growth. The added expertise and experience of Norton Gledhill will ensure that we are positioned to capitalise on the opportunities in that market. We are committed to providing our clients with a market leading corporate and commercial capability in Australia with specialisation that aligns with their needs – this expansion is in line with that ambition.”

Alasdair McLean who will join Piper Alderman as a joint Head of Office in Melbourne commented:

“The merger provides us with a unique opportunity to maintain the benefits of the depth of our expertise and experience that we bring from our boutique corporate and commercial offering whilst, at the same time, providing our clients with a national reach and depth. Additionally, our clients will now have the advantage of greater complementary specialist services offered by the merged firm.”

Together, we believe we will be able to provide a compelling offering to the Australian market as an independent, national firm with a shared philosophy of providing efficient, effective and client focussed legal services.”