Law firm Illiffes Booth Bennett Solicitors (IBB Solicitors), with 17 specialist practice teams and clients including Aviva and Xerox (UK), has merged with Turbervilles Solicitors. Turbervilles Solicitors has particularly strong legal expertise in private client services, family and childcare, commercial and park homes and its client-base includes National Caravan Council, Symrise, WMF UK and Parexel International.
As a result of the merger on January 1, 2018, the firm will boost its breadth of services for its strong client base across west London, the western Home Counties and the Thames Valley.
The firm will have 225 people in 20 teams based in Uxbridge, Chesham and Chorleywood, with a combined turnover of £20 million. The merger marks the first stage of IBB’s strategy to build a distinctive, resilient firm with enough critical mass to serve a range of commercial and private clients in Chesham and the surrounding county.
Under the agreement, all Turbervilles’ employees and the firm’s five partners will move to IBB’s offices at Capital Court, Uxbridge.
The merged firm will be led by Joanna DeBiase with Turbervilles’ former managing partner, Russell Hallam, joining the IBB leadership team from January 2018. Hallam will be in charge of overseeing the integration of the two firms over the coming months and will become private client group head designate from May 2018.
Joanna DeBiase said: “Since developing our long- term vision in 2016, we have been looking at ways to make our firm more resilient. Mergers are one of the ways to achieve growth as long as both firms share the same culture and values. At the core, both of our firm’s philosophies have always been about listening to our clients to get a really good understanding of how we can help them.
“This merger has cemented our position as the go-to law firm in Chesham and the rest of the county- not only for the quality of advice, but the breath of specialist practices and extremely competitive pricing.”
Russell Hallam added: “I am delighted to be joining forces with IBB to create a really strong and balanced firm. We see many opportunities to use our combined resources to innovate and provide a really comprehensive quality service for both businesses and individuals with private client requirements.
“I am in no doubt that our client-base will benefit from the combined and distinctive service offering now that two firms have become one.”