01 October 2011 by Mary Heaney
East Anglia law firms merge
Two firms in East Anglia merge to create one of the largest firms in the region.
Law firm Kester Cunningham John has merged with Ashton Graham to create one of the largest firms of solicitors in East Anglia.
The 26 partner firm Kester Cunningham John, which boasted an £9.9 million turnover, was known for its private client and personal injury work. Ashton Graham, which had 19 partners and 150 staff, is highly recognised for its commercial and corporate legal specialisms. Legal directories have rated both firms highly with at least 30 recommended legal experts and 14 recommended expert teams.
The new 285 strong law firm Ashton KCJ will service businesses, individuals and personal injury services. It can also provide French legal expertise. Its offices include Norwich, Thetford, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Ipswich.
Divorce lawyer Simon Smith is the firm’s new chief executive. He says the merger will provide the law firm “with the scale, expertise and resources needed to offer high quality services in a progressive way and in tune with the changing legal market place.”