Aberdein Considine has acquired Wallers Solicitors. The deal gives Aberdein Considine its first foothold in the substantial English and Welsh legal markets and enables the immediate expansion of its corporate conveyancing, litigation and debt & asset recovery services south of the border. The combined business, which will now trade under the Aberdein Considine brand, employs 380 staff and will have a total turnover of more than £22million.
The acquisition is being accompanied by the firm’s first senior appointment in England, former HL Interactive chief executive Matt Wightman. Wightman is an experienced debt and asset recovery specialist and joins as Partner to spearhead the new English and Welsh operation, which will be based in Newcastle’s historic Cloth Market area. Rob Aberdein, UK Partner in charge of Lender Services at Aberdein Considine, said the deal allows the firm to offer clients the convenience and security of using one firm across all of mainland Britain.
“We already act for some of the UK’s biggest lenders and this deal brings our customer, compliance and regulatory-focused debt & asset recovery and conveyancing services into the English and Welsh legal markets for the first time,” he said.
“Wallers, which was previously part of Hay & Kilner, has a track record of providing a great service to its loyal clients. The same dedicated staff will continue to offer that same great service under the banner of Aberdein Considine.”
Aberdein Considine offers property, legal and financial services to private and commercial clients across Scotland. Its clients include global banking giants Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and Santander, as well high street retailers including Greggs PLC and Rox.
The Wallers acquisition follows the partnership’s mergers with Stirling firm Muirhead Buchanan in 2014 and Glasgow lawyers A&S Ireland earlier this year.