SHIPLEYS, the London and Surrey-based firm and Smith Pearman have announced they are merging on 1 May 2016.
Smith Pearman staff at their office in Ripley, Surrey will be relocating to the nearby Shipleys office in Woolsack Way, Godalming. Tim Hardy will join Shipleys as a principal and his fellow director Keith Hardy will become a consultant to the merged firm.
Simon Robinson, managing principal of Shipleys said: “I am delighted that Smith Pearman will be joining us. They share our approach of building close, personal, long-term relationships, as the basis for practical advice and solutions which are value for money. The merger is a good fit and excellent news for both firms’ staff and clients.”
Tim Hardy, Smith Pearman director, said: “The merger will enable us to continue to offer our clients a personal service in an ever more regulated environment. In addition, we will be able to provide our clients with a greater range of specialist advice in house, covering areas such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, VAT and international tax. Our London based clients will also be able to take advantage of our new office there.”
Robinson was appointed as Shipleys managing principal in May last year.
Andrew Howson joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in advising private equity and corporate clients across multiple sectors in the UK and Europe
Dennis Layton takes up the position on April 1 and will contribute to the firm’s goal of becoming the leading global professional services organisation by 2020
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'