Belfast law practice in London merger deal
A UK law firm has taken over a Northern Ireland commercial practice in the third deal of its kind over recent months.
Keystone Law, which is based in London, is merging with McMahon McKay, found on Adelaide Street in Belfast.
The new firm will be known as Keystone Law NI once the deal takes effect on Monday.
Managing director John McMahon said: "This merger will enable us to respond more readily to the increasing client demand and simultaneously grow the business.
"The legal market in Northern Ireland is ready for Keystone, and the timing is perfect."
McMahon McKay was founded last year by Mr McMahon, who formerly worked at Johnsons Solicitors, and Danny McKay, formerly of James T Johnston & Co.
The company employs two directors/partners, two trainee solicitors and two support staff.
A spokeswoman said that there could be more people recruited for Keystone Law NI.
The merger is the third involving a Northern Ireland firm in recent months.
In November, C & H Jefferson, which is based at Queen Street in Belfast, announced it was merging with another larger English firm DWF, which is based in Manchester.
And in October, MKB merged with debt recovery specialists McAlinden Solicitors.
Both of these practices are based in Belfast.