Regional law firm Royds Withy King merges with London’s Goodman Derrick

Royds Withy King's Graham Street
Royds Withy King Graham Street

Royds Withy King has confirmed its merger with Goodman Derrick, which will  take effect on 1 May 2022.

The merged firm will be known as RWK Goodman LLP and will continue to trade from Royds Withy King’s current offices across the South West, Thames Valley and from its Carter Lane offices in London. Goodman Derrick’s offices at 10 St Brides Street London will close.

Graham Street, Royds Withy King’s Managing Partner, said: “This merger is a significant step forward for both firms. For Royds Withy King it strengthens our position as a Top 100 UK practice enhancing and significantly extending the breadth and depth of expertise and specialist services available to clients, particularly in the areas of Corporate and Real Estate.”

Edward Hoare, Senior Partner of Goodman Derrick, added: “It was clear from the outset that both firms shared a similar culture and strong focus on exceptional client service. The merger is great news as it extends the range of specialist services available for the benefit of both firms’ clients, and creates significant opportunities for growth and development.”

Graham Street will continue as the firm’s Managing Partner, with Goodman Derrick’s Senior Partner Edward Hoare and Chief Operating Officer Mark Jones joining the firm’s Executive Committee.

RWK Goodman will comprise approximately 360 specialist lawyers, with around a third being based in London. The firm remains committed to its current strategic focus on achieving sustainable growth across each of its Business, Personal and Injury practices.

This is the second such merger involving Royds Withy King in the last few years. In 2016, Withy King LLP merged with Royds LLP. Withy King, which had principal offices in Bath, Swindon and Oxford, and Royds in the City of London, joined forces then to create a £33m turnover business employing around 450 people.