(l-r) Beverley Morris, Martin Green, Jane Senior and Joan Price
Law firm Lodders has merged with one of Birmingham’s leading family and divorce legal practices, adding to its Midlands office network and taking a foothold in the city.
Lodders’ merger with Divorce and Family Law Practice (DFLP) in Birmingham’s St Paul’s Square takes immediate effect, with all of its eleven-strong team, headed by partners and co-founders Beverley Morris and Joan Price, moving to the firm.
DFLP was launched by Beverley Morris and Joan Price in 2002 and has consistently received top rankings from both Chambers and Legal 500 for its expertise.
Lodders’ Martin Green, the firm’s senior partner, says the merger is a ‘perfect fit’ for both firms: “Lodders and DFLP share the same ethos and values, with a focus on providing the very best advice, client care and service.
“Lodders already works extensively for individuals and private business clients in Birmingham, and with the addition of a Birmingham location to our Warwickshire and Gloucestershire office network, we can now give our clients even greater access and choice.
“It is beneficial for Lodders to have a Birmingham office, and this important move is a significant step in our overall business development and growth strategy, and for both firms, the foundation of solid succession planning. This is a fantastic opportunity for the firm, the team and the future.”
DFLP is renowned for its highly personal and tailored service and concentrates solely on the areas of divorce and family law. It is recognised for its skill in dealing with complex and high value net cases and issues concerning divorce, co-habitation, civil partnership disputes and children’s issues.
Speaking about DFLP joining Lodders, Beverley Morris added: “Lodders is one of Warwickshire’s pre-eminent private client law firms. We have many shared client relationships and have worked closely with members of Lodders’ team for several years, and know first-hand that the firm understands and supports our ethos, and operates a similarly partner-led and highly personal approach to client service.
“Lodders has a national reputation for excellence, with top tier rankings from both Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and the Legal 500, and one of the largest private client teams in the region. Furthermore, it has a strong management team that has a clear vision for the firms’ future.
“Joan will be retiring soon and we have both been looking for a firm with the right-fit for our team and professional practices and principles to ensure succession and continuity for the practice and our clients. In choosing Lodders, we know that the combination of our shared values delivers the very best outcome for us all as we plan for the next stage in our shared history.”
Lodders’ matrimonial law specialist Christine Williams, an associate in the firm’s Stratford upon Avon office, joins the new-look family law team.
A member of the national organisation of family lawyers, Resolution, she will continue to advise clients on all family law matters from Lodders’ Warwickshire location.
Barbara Jordan, previously a partner in Lodders’ Cheltenham family law team, left the firm earlier this year.