Law firm Shoosmiths is to move into Scotland after announcing a merger with Scottish firm Archibald Campbell & Harley.
The new business will be known in Scotland as ACH Shoosmiths and is expected go live in the autumn subject to regulatory approval.
Shoosmiths, which has eight offices in England including one in Birmingham, said the move into Scotland had been prompted by client demand.
Chairman Andrew Tubbs said: "Clients have been telling us for some time they wished we had a presence north of the border, and this is us responding to their wishes.
"In Archibald Campbell & Harley we’ve a perfect fit, in both business and cultural terms. We share clients and there’s crossover in practice areas, particularly real estate, retail, litigation and recoveries for lenders.
"Opportunities will be created north and south of the border through cross-referral of both firms’ existing clients, and as a result of Shoosmiths’ ability to offer a true UK-wide service to national clients and prospects.
"This is a hugely positive step, and a tangible demonstration to clients, staff and others of our ambition. That our ninth office will be in Scotland is very exciting."
Based in Queen Street, Edinburgh, Archibald Campbell & Harley advises on a range of matters, including banking and finance, commercial property, corporate, debt recovery, dispute resolution, employment, insolvency and restructuring, and private client work.
All 65 partners and staff from Archibald Campbell & Harley staff will be retained in the merger.
Chief executive Rod Macphail said: "We voted unanimously to merge with Shoosmiths, and Andrew Tubbs quite rightly describes this as a very good fit, with us having both client connections and strong similarities in the way we go about business.
"We have worked with Shoosmiths for a number of years with mutual clients so this is a logical progression of an existing successful relationship. There’s a real buzz of excitement and anticipation here about the merger because it enables both firms to meet client demand for multi-jurisdictional legal advice."
Shoosmiths has offices in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading, and Southampton.