Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys heads national M&A deal league table for 2021/22

Richard Wilkey

Demand from clients saw Worcester-based law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys head Experian’s UK mergers and acquisitions league table for 2021/22 for the number of deals it completed, comfortably ahead of its nearest competitor.

HCR – which has offices in Cheltenham, Reading, and Milton Keynes and has more the 800 staff in total – took the top spot in the South West and the East of England, second place in the South East and Midlands, and went straight into the top five in Wales for its first full-year ranking for Experian, as well as ranking ninth in London.

A year that began with what Experian described as “an unprecedented level of deal-making – by some way the UK’s busiest ever opening to a year” saw HCR complete 191 deals across the country.

Rich Wilkey, head of the firm’s corporate team, said: “Whilst the market was buoyant for the majority of last year, there were continued pressures from the pandemic, so this is an excellent result for our clients and for us. To maintain this level of deal-making takes focus and commitment to our clients, many of whom are of long-standing; we are very appreciative of our clients’ loyalty and look forward to another busy year ahead.”

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.

Experian ranks deals by volume and by value. The full report can be read at