Private client specialists Hunters and May, May & Merrimans (MMM), founded in 1715 and 1786 respectively, have decided to merge on 1 April 2015.

With 120 staff, the newly-formed firm will be known as Hunters, incorporating May, May & Merrimans, and will have its main office at 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn.

MMM will add seven partners and eight solicitors to Hunters’ 25 partners and 14 solicitors base yielding a combined turnover of £13m ($20.42).

Paul Almy, senior partner at Hunters, said: "It is our responsibility to keep evolving so that we continue to be a leading Lincoln’s Inn law firm for many generations to come. May, May & Merrimans have an exceptionally strong private client department and a very well established property practice."

Richard Taylor, senior partner at May, May & Merrimans, said: "We believe our two firms to be an ideal fit in terms of focus, ethos and commitment to providing a high-quality and cost-effective service to clients. By joining forces we will produce one of the largest private client departments in the country."

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