Belfast Telegraph

Firm set for new heights after merger with global company

By Margaret Canning

International law firm Pinsent Masons will start work in Belfast this week after its merger with McGrigors.

The new company is set to employ almost 100 people in Northern Ireland and 2,500 people around the world.

UK firm McGrigors opened in Belfast in 2009 after taking over homegrown practice L'Estrange and Brett. Corporate expert Paul McBride, who became a partner in L'Estrange and Brett in 1998, will lead Pinsent Masons' Northern Ireland office.

Said Mr McBride: "Over the past two years we have benefited greatly from being part of a major UK network ... I firmly believe that our position can only be enhanced through our becoming an integral part of a major international law firm."

McGrigors senior partner Kirk Murdoch will be the new Pinsent Masons chairman for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He said: "I have taken great pleasure from watching (McGrigors) go from strength-to-strength in recent years and am looking forward to seeing it flourish under the Pinsent Masons banner."

Pinsent Masons and McGrigors confirmed plans to merge following a partner vote in February.