Neighbours merge in city’s changing legal landscape...

Kate Fitzpatrick and Peter Clarke
Kate Fitzpatrick and Peter Clarke

NEIGHBOURING Paradsise Square solicitors Graysons and Watson Esam are to merge at the end of March.

The new firm, which will nine partners and 90 staff, will be based in the Graysons offices and at Saltergate in Chesterfield.

By consolidating their family and private client teams the new enterprise aims to provide added value to clients of both firms.

Peter Clark, managing partner at Graysons, said: “We are confident that the merger of two such strong and respected firms will serve to enhance our services to clients, complementing our specialisms in personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence work and bolstering our family and private client expertise.

“We see this as a natural progression for both firms to address current challenges and to adapt to meet our clients’ needs.”

Kate Fitzpatrick, managing partner at Watson Esam, said: “This is the right time for our two firms, rooted in Sheffield, both with long traditions and shared values, to join forces. It is an excellent opportunity, utilising the proven skills of our joint teams to provide a comprehensive package of services for all our clients.”

The merged firm will be based at 4-12 Paradise Square and also has offices in Saltergate, Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, Watson Esam partner Jay Bhayani will be pursuing her ambition to create a niche employment law practice elsewhere.

She said: “I am delighted that this progressive merger is taking place which I believe will be of great benefit to the two firms and their clients.”

Graysons was established in 1925 in Figtree Lane, Sheffield, moving into Paradise Square in 1989. It also has an office in Saltergate, Chesterfield.

The firm specialises in personal injury, disease and clinical negligence, family law and other private client work.

Watson Esam was established more than 150 years ago. It delivers private client and commercial services and the employment, family and charity departments are recognised in The Legal 500.