Mayo Wynne Baxter has announced a merger with East Grinstead solicitors Allen Ticehurst. Completed today, the deal makes the Sussex firm the largest in Brighton, Eastbourne, Lewes and now East Grinstead.
Allen Ticehurst’s 17 employees join more than 160 at Mayo Wynne Baxter.
Founding Partner Peter Ticehurst set up the merger to secure the profitable firm’s future after his retirement. Managing Partner Stephen Bird will become a consultant and all other employees are staying on in their current positions.
The mid-Sussex team has a long-established track record in personal matters such as family law, conveyancing, employment, personal injury and Wills as well as business law and dispute resolution. These services will be complemented by the niche legal specialisms Mayo Wynne Baxter has developed in recent years. They include clinical negligence, commercial litigation, agricultural law, professional negligence and contentious probate.
The newly reinforced business intends to continue Mayo Wynne Baxter’s annual achievement of Lexcel accreditation – the independent standard for legal excellence.
Mayo Wynne Baxter Chief Executive Chris Randall said “We’re always exploring new possibilities and this merger fits our core strategy. Despite the difference in size there is a great cultural match, with both firms committed to evolving legal services to deliver what customers want. Allen Ticehurst’s people have just the right combination of expertise and ambition. I look forward to welcoming them.”
Stephen Bird said “This merger is a fantastic opportunity to build on our success in the Gatwick diamond area. We’re looking forward to offering clients a wider range of services with the same commitment to excellence.”
Notes to editors
Mayo Wynne Baxter was formed in 2007 when Eastbourne-based Mayo & Perkins merged withEast Sussex firm Wynne Baxter. This created the capacity needed to develop several specialist niche areas. Today theSussex practice conducts both private client and business law in fields ranging from commercial mediation to claimant clinical negligence across the South East.
Wynne Baxter was founded in the 1860s by Wynne Edwin Baxter who acted as coroner at the inquests of Jack the Ripper’s victims. By 1907 he had led more than 30,000 inquests including the investigation into the death of Joseph Merrick, known as the “Elephant Man”.
Mayo Wynne Baxter now holds Lexcel accreditation, the independent standard of legal excellence and Investors in People status. It has four offices inSussex, 30 partners and more than 160 employees.
Allen Ticehurst Solicitors is one of the longest-established firms in East Grinstead. It is also the largest. Its private client solicitors deal with family matters, property transactions, employment disputes, Wills and personal injury. On the business side the firm concentrates on litigation, acquisitions and intellectual property.
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