Midland law firm Shakespeare Martineau has continued its expansion drive by merging with a practice in London.
Shakespeares merged with SGH Martineau earlier this year to become Shakespeare Martineau and it has now joined forces with commercial law firm Macrae & Co.
Formerly based in Cannon Street, the five-strong team of lawyers and support staff will be joining Shakespeare Martineau's office in Crosswall near the City of London.
Andy Raynor, chief executive of Shakespeare Martineau, said: "We have a strong commercial personality and Macrae & Co are a natural fit.
"Completing this merger demonstrates our commitment to giving our clients access to the best talent available and the team at Macrae & Co brings significant benefits to not only the London office but the firm as a whole."
Ravi Goonesena, partner at Macrae & Co, added: "With a wide range of corporate and commercial synergies, we believe that both firms are highly complementary in terms of practice areas, specialisms and work ethic."
The London office will also see an additional four lawyers join the team over the next few months, bringing experience of dispute resolution and real estate.
Shakespeare Martineau is £75 million turnover practice and employs more than 850 people at offices in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Brussels.