Central belt merger
Lawyers combine as Davidson Chalmers Stewart
New team: Alan Stewart and Andrew Chalmers
Two of Scotland’s independent commercial law firms, Edinburgh-based Davidson Chalmers and Glasgow boutique Kergan Stewart, are to merge on 1 May.
The newly-named Davidson Chalmers Stewart will combine all 16 partners and 45 staff. Alan Stewart, founding partner of Kergan Stewart, will become chairman of the merged firm while Andrew Chalmers, founding partner of Davidson Chalmers, takes up the role of managing partner.
The firm will continue to operate from the combined firms’ existing offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Galashiels. The corporate team, including seven partners, will be headed by Davidson Chalmers partner Craig Stirling,
Mr Stewart said: “This is an exciting development for both firms as we have the same strategic focus and business ambitions and share very similar cultural values.”
Mr Chalmers added: “This merger creates huge scope for growth and new opportunities for our staff and our clients. Increased strength in depth as well as extended geographical reach will enable us to further improve what we offer to our clients both in terms of our specialist expertise and expanded network.”