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Schofield Sweeney advises law firm on merger

Schofield Sweeney has advised law firm Switalskis on its merger with North Yorkshire practice Steel & Co.

The 200-strong firm has acquired Steel as part of plans to expand further into North Yorkshire, following the acquisition of York-based Burridge Bloss in 2013.

Steel, a £450,000 turnover firm, has offices in Knaresborough and Boston Spa and will trade under the name Steel & Switalskis.

The deal came into effect on 1 June after an extended period of growth through mergers and acquisitions for Switalskis, which predicts an annual turnover of £11m following the merger.

In 2012 the firm merged with West Yorkshire practices Parker Bird Gardner and Green Williamson Solicitors, expanding its presence nationwide.

This latest merger takes the firm up to 11 branch offices: Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Dewsbury, Pontefract, Acomb and York, and now Boston Spa and Knaresborough. Switalskis also provides legal services in conjunction with Walter Brook & Co in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire.

Steel & Co Partners John Steel and Lynn Curl will remain at Steel & Switalskis along with their dedicated staff. Switalskis now has 19 partners and 220 staff members employed across the Yorkshire region.