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Law firm completes merger

Birmingham-based social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has merged with specialist private client practice Jobling Gowler. 

The merger will see ACS, which currently employs more than 300 staff across offices in Birmingham and Manchester, welcome the specialist team at Jobling Gowler into its national operations, further establishing its presence and client base in the North West. 

It will also ensure that with their combined expanded capacity, both firms will be able to support even more individuals in need of specialist private client services.

ACS’ private client team provides a specialist, holistic service in a variety of disciplines and has been serving the private client sector for almost 50 years. They are a nationally-recognised award winning firm and are consistently ranked as a top tier firm in both the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories for their work with individuals.  

Founded in 1996, Jobling Gowler is a specialist law firm serving the private client sector. The firm boasts a strong track record and award-winning reputation across several areas including clinical negligence, serious personal injury, wills, probate and tax, as well as legal services for the elderly and vulnerable.

Jobling Gowler will continue to trade under its existing name from its base in Macclesfield, led by managing partner Emily Raw, with the firm’s team becoming an extension of ACS. 

Emily said: "Client relationships are front and centre of everything we do at Jobling Gowler, so to have found a partner in ACS that shares the same vision and values as us, while providing the opportunity to scale, was key. 

“By combining our shared wisdom, resources and practices, we’re entering an exciting new chapter that will help evolve our offering and deliver our services to more people.” 

Peter Hubbard, senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “Jobling Gowler is a highly admired firm, home to a team of passionate and driven specialists that share the same values as Anthony Collins Solicitors. The firm’s mission statement aligns perfectly with our own social purpose to improve lives, communities and society, so the union of our two organisations feels like a natural next step for us all in achieving our aims. 

“The merger is also a real milestone for Anthony Collins Solicitors, one that reflects our national growth ambitions in-line with our 2022-25 strategy. We’re looking forward to working with Emily and the whole Jobling Gowler team to pursue new opportunities and extend our collective reach.”