Law firms combine

Blackadders scales up with Plenderleath Runcie merger

Johnston ClarkLaw firm Blackadders is merging with Aberdeen-based solicitors, Plenderleath Runcie, increasing the business to 28 partners and more than 230 staff.

Partners at Plenderleath Runcie – John Plenderleath, Colin Runcie and Neil Robb – will become partners with Blackadders under the merger which is set to be complete in April and will see both companies trading under the Blackadders banner.  

Plenderleath Runcie works in the fields of corporate law, commercial property and private client. 

Johnston Clark, pictured, managing partner at Blackadders, said: “The merger underpins Blackadders’ investment in people and our business infrastructure.

“By joining forces with Plenderleath Runcie, Blackadders will have a stronger presence in the North-east.”

John Plenderleath said: “There is a clear fit between our cultures. The merger also allows us to provide a wider range of services to our existing and future clients, who we would normally have to refer on to others if we did not have the relevant expertise or resources in-house.” 

This latest move follows the recent merger between Blackadders and Glasgow-based practice, Boyle Shaughnessy.

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