Event details

5 September 2019
08:30 - 10:15
M&A Forum: Why legal practice mergers fail
Hugh James, Two Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1FS
FREE for CDLS members, £10 non-members

Join CDLS for a highly entertaining yet enlightening foray into why law firm mergers fail & how to make them work.

In an entertaining and lively session, three nationally recognised merger experts will explore the challenges of merging two externally similar looking firms. As ever, our Forum is FREE for CDLS members.*

Presented in a chat show format the opportunities for two firms Wolf Shark and Co Ltd and Puppydog Kitten & Co LLP, which are looking to merge, will be explored - although there are certain areas that need to be addressed before this can complete such as name, management, profit sharing, cars, borrowing and profitability.

 Barry Wilkinson (Wilkinson Read & Partners specialised financial and management advisers to law firms) and Mark Briegal (Bennett Briegal LLP Solicitors) will assume the roles of Managing Director and Managing Partner of the respective firms and act out a typical scenario that is not uncommon in such negotiations, moderated by Paul Bennett (Bennett Briegal LLP Solicitors).

The comedic performances will only serve to highlight very real differences that are common in many such deals and attempt to provide you with ideas and answers on how to resolve such issues. The stage is set for an entertaining and engaging look at merger issues. 

 Each part of the ownership journey for a law firm - from becoming a partner, to growing the business and selling the firm - can be traced to the issues which will emerge. Each of the speakers is widely published in the legal press and have written or contributed to numerous books and magazines on law firm management and ownership.

Who should attend?

  • CEOs/Senior Partners
  • Partners of all levels
  • Practice Managers
  • Investors
  • Anyone with an interest in excellence in the management of law firms


08:30 Registration & Refreshments

09:00 President's Welcome

09:10 Why legal practice mergers fail - in real time!

10:00 Q&A Opportunity

10:15 Event Close

This exclusive CDLS Forum will include coffee and breakfast with serious law firm management observation shared using humour. 

*(Non-members are welcome! Non-member tickets are priced at £10pp or join today to access our other events for FREE or at the CDLS discounted rate.)

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