September 16, 2015

Clyde & Co Launches in Scotland With Simpson & Marwick merger

Global law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce it has enhanced its UK client service offering through a merger with leading Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick.

The merger, effective from 1 October 2015, provides Clyde & Co with its first presence in Scotland. It also enhances Clyde & Co’s position as the UK’s leading insurance sector law firm.

With 45 partners, Simpson & Marwick is one of Scotland’s largest law firms and is widely regarded as having the pre-eminent insurance disputes practice.

As a result of the combination, Clyde & Co will be able to provide property and casualty insurers with an unrivalled and comprehensive service across both England and Scotland, particularly in casualty, healthcare and professional lines.

Clyde & Co Global Head of Insurance Simon Konsta said, “The UK is one of the most important insurance markets in the world. As the market continues to consolidate here, it is increasingly important that we have the scale to meet the needs of our insurance sector clients across the board. Simpson & Marwick is the market leading firm in Scotland in insurance and has a practice that meshes well with our practices in London and other UK offices. Combining the market leading insurance and professional liability practices in both England and Scotland will enable us to develop synergies that will be to the advantage of our respective clients.”

Simpson & Marwick also has market leading employment and advocacy practices and a significant property team. The Legal 500 legal directory ranks the firm number one in Scotland for Employment, Health & Safety, Professional Negligence and Defendant Personal Injury.

Simpson & Marwick Managing Partner Gordon Keyden said, “We are proud of our history as one of Scotland’s leading law firms and this is a merger that will enable us to significantly increase the services we offer to our clients. Increasingly clients want consolidated expertise across England and Scotland and Clyde & Co is a tailor made fit for us given that we share a number of similar practices and clients. Many of our insurer clients operate on a global stage and this merger enables us to join them on that stage. Clyde & Co is a robust firm with a clear strategy, strong management and a high quality client offering that speaks for itself.”

Clyde & Co Senior Partner James Burns said, “This is a client-focused merger. Simpson & Marwick is the go-to firm for many of our clients in Scotland and we’ve long held it in high regard. Not only does it firmly position us as the leading insurance-sector firm on both sides of the border but it benefits our clients across all our sectors by giving us a great platform to meet their legal needs in Scotland.”

Simpson & Marwick Senior Partner Peter Anderson commented: "Simpson & Marwick has always strived to deliver an exceptional legal service to our clients and this merger with Clyde & Co demonstrates our dedication as a firm to present the strongest practice teams to support and progress our services to clients in Scotland and England."

Clyde & Co is one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms. In addition to expanding internationally the firm has also expanded in the UK. Manchester, the firm’s second largest office worldwide, grew by more than 20% last year and now numbers over 350 lawyers and staff. Earlier this month, Legal Business magazine ranked Clyde & Co as the 11th largest law firm by UK revenue. 

Simpson & Marwick was founded in 1886 and has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds and London.  The merged firm will be known as Clyde & Co.