NORTH LONDON firm BKL is set to bring Cambridge-based practice Ashcroft Anthony into the fold.
BKL, which has specialisms in tax, media, property and real estate, will merge Ashcroft’s private client and property/development expertise into its offering.
The deal follows BKL’s acquisition of Haines Watts Claymans in October. The firm will become a “serious player” in the digital media arena, it believes.
“Joining forces with the talented team at Ashcroft Anthony takes BKL to the next level in terms of growth and ambition for the practice, and complements the firm’s existing offering in the private client and digital media sectors,” said Jeff Hartstone, BKL managing partner.
Dominic Anthony of Ashcroft Anthony said: “We see this merger as a great opportunity to expand the service and expertise that we can offer our clients. With the strength in depth achieved by joining BKL, we can continue to meet and exceed our clients’ increasingly diverse and complex needs.”
The move brings BKL’s partner number up to 20, and a team of 140 across two offices in London and Cambridge.
The firm is ranked 61 in the Accountancy Age Top 50+50 Survey, sponsored by Wolters Kluwer, with £10m in fee income.
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