Aitken Lawyers have agreed to merge with Melbourne-based law firm, Russell Kennedy.

The official announcement from Aitken Lawyers noted, “the two firms have been in discussion for many months. The merger is the next step in building a stronger offering for our two firms in an increasingly competitive market environment.”

Andrew Aitken commented: “Russell Kennedy has more than 230 people including 37 principals across a range of practice areas – some of which will add to our capability and help us grow in areas where we don’t currently operate. They’re particularly strong in local government where they act for some 50 local government authorities across Victoria. They also bring strong capability in corporate and commercial, property and development, dispute resolution, aged care and retirement living and workplace relations, employment and safety, among other areas. These tie in nicely with our strengths across commercial, property, litigation, estate planning and estates, family law and our rural sector and renewable energy practices …”

The merger agreement is due to take effect on 1 March 2019. It was also announced that all staff of Russell Kennedy and Aitken Lawyers will have roles with the new combined firm. The combined firm will have management and administration spread between both Sydney and Melbourne.