Devizes law firms agree merger deal

Nicky Morris and Stuart McGregor-Johnson

Nicky Morris and Stuart McGregor-Johnson

Two Devizes law firms, which pride themselves on traditional values and high professional standards, are to merge.

Solicitors from Morris Goddard & Ward (MGWLaw) will join forces with Wansbroughs on Friday, May 17.

Residential conveyancing specialist Nicky Morris and matrimonial law expert Nicola Grosvenor will join Wansbroughs as associates, while personal injury lawyer Jayne Bertie will also join the team.

Morris Goddard & Ward’s three support staff will also relocate to Wansbroughs’ offices in Devizes and Melksham. There will be no redundancies at either firm as a result of the merger.

Stuart McGregor-Johnson, chairman of Wansbroughs, said: “The merger with Morris Goddard & Ward will bring complementary services and further professional expertise to Wansbroughs.

“In particular, the deal will strengthen our matrimonial team in Devizes.

“There is a longstanding relationship between the two firms, and we are delighted to be able to strengthen the ties, for the benefit of the clients of both firms.”

Nicky Morris, principal solicitor at Morris Goddard & Ward, said: “We are delighted to be joining Wansbroughs, a firm that shares our values and high professional standards, and with whom we have enjoyed an excellent relationship for a number of years.

“The merger creates a win-win situation for our clients, who will continue to enjoy the personal relationships with their solicitors, while at the same time gaining access to a whole range of legal services.”

Morris Goddard & Ward was formed 25 years ago, concentrating on matrimonial and family law, personal injury cases, and residential conveyancing. It is currently based in St John Street, Devizes.

Wansbroughs, which has had a Devizes office since 1905, has 18 partners and over 90 staff in Devizes, Melksham, Swindon and Bristol providing a range of legal services in areas including commercial property; business and corporate; employment and HR; dispute resolution; insurance litigation; family property; personal injury litigation; wills, tax, trusts and probate; family law; and advocacy court services.

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