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We are pleased to announce that on 5th January 2015 The First Law Partnership will be merging with Cartwright King. This merger will make the enlarged practice one of the largest criminal defence firms in the country. It is an exciting time for The First Law Partnership, Cartwright King and the legal profession.

Cartwright King was formed in 2000 originally based in Nottingham as a criminal defence firm. It currently has 170 members of staff with offices spanning across the country from Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Leicester and Milton Keynes to Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. They are a mixed common law set with other specialisations in family law, care, mental health, immigration, prison law and professional discipline.

After the merger the company will have 14 offices and employ over 230 members of staff.  

Simon Campbell, CEO of The First Law Partnership, said that: “The directors and staff here are very excited and enthusiastic about teaming up with Cartwright King, this  sends out a very positive signal to the profession.”

Rupert Hawke, managing director of Cartwright King, added: “Both firms have big aspirations and this very exciting development will expand our national brand. The team at The First Law Partnership has a very similar ethos to ourselves in terms of access to justice and I think the skills that we will have within the enlarged business will be of great benefit all round.”





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