Sussex law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter has joined the national legal and professional services group, Ampa, as regional legal anchor brand for the South East region.
The move will reportedly push Ampa’s turnover to above £100m for 2022/23 and a group of more than 1,100 people immediately.
Following the merger, Mayo Wynne Baxter will continue to operate as a separate LLP, retaining its brand and growing its market position as it continues to deliver legal services for businesses, people and their families throughout the South East.
The firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams will also join Ampa’s existing consumer-focused law brand Lime Solicitors, with full continuity of service for clients, adding around £1.2m additional turnover to Lime Solicitors.
According to Ampa, the move will allow Mayo Wynne Baxter to increase its service offering for clients, tapping into more than 900 other experts across the group of brands and Ampa’s London hub.
No money will be exchanged as part of the merger and the firm’s equity partners will merge into Ampa’s membership. Mayo Wynne Baxter’s equity partners will officially become members of Ampa from 1 May 2022.
The group added that it is proactively looking to recruit talented people and teams across the region and no redundancies are planned.
Sarah Walker-Smith, group CEO at Ampa, said: “Clients and people across our sector are crying out for change and transformation. It’s time to consider the agile needs of clients more broadly and step away from the traditional consolidation model; Ampa does just that.
“A key benefit of our group is shared access to greater support for the benefit of our clients, whether that be from other legal professionals across different brands, or our combined business operations capabilities alongside greater career development opportunities for our people.”
She added: “Each brand in our group is empowered to deliver on its growth ambitions and retaining autonomy whilst collaborating with each other when it makes sense to do so for the greater good.
“Mayo Wynne Baxter has a unique geography, local market affinity, excellent client relationships, strong employer brand and a great reputation – which is why it is so important that it maintains its brand and market positions. It has been great to meet and now go into partnership with a similarly progressive business and like-minded people to help us drive the Ampa vision.”
Dean Orgill, chief executive partner at Mayo Wynne Baxter, said: “A merger with Ampa, which shares our values, will enable us to do even more to support our clients, people and our local community. It’s an exciting time in our firm’s evolution, which will build on its historic foundations.
“We are recruiting proactively across Sussex, Surrey and Kent to grow the business and deliver more opportunities for jobs as well as internal career progression. Being part of the Ampa group enables us to increase the pace of this programme.”