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Harold Benjamin and Ireland Abrahams Solicitors announce merger

Harold Benjamin, the north London-based niche real estate practice, and Harrow-based property and private client firm Ireland Abrahams Solicitors, have announced they are to merge with effect from 30 September 2013.

The news follows the recent announcement of the merger between Harold Benjamin and specialist property firm Jonathan S Rose Solicitors which comes into effect on 16 September.

Andrew Finkel will join Harold Benjamin as a partner bringing the overall partnership at the newly-merged firm to 18, and Stella Abrahams, a private client lawyer, will move across as a consultant. The joint business interests of the two firms will operate from Harold Benjamin’s head office in Lowlands Road, Harrow, and Keith Flavell will continue in his role as Managing Partner. The combined firm will be known as Harold Benjamin Solicitors.

Commenting on the announcement, Keith Flavell said that a strategic merger offered both firms the opportunity to grow and further develop the range of specialist services offered to clients.

“Ireland Abraham Solicitors, like Jonathan S Rose, is a perfect merger partner for a firm like Harold Benjamin,” he said. “There is a natural synergy between the two firms in terms of the work we do and the types of clients we represent and also in the commitment and dedication we have to offering the very highest levels of professionalism and providing outstanding client service”.

“The combined strengths of the two firms will enable us to further grow the business by adding strength and depth to our existing core real estate offering in addition to providing additional support and resource to our private client department. The culture of both firms is very similar and it is our intention to continue to build upon the reputations we have for investing in client relationships that go over and beyond pure legal advice”.

Speaking on behalf of Ireland Abrahams, partner Andrew Finkel said that the merger with Harold Benjamin would ensure the continuing growth and development of the joint businesses both in the short and long-term and described the merger as a natural coming together of two like-minded businesses.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for small niche firms like Ireland Abrahams to exist independently in the current marketplace,” he said. “Regulatory requirements are becoming increasingly onerous for firms of our size to contend with but, by merging with a local firm like Harold Benjamin with a solid commercial reputation and a first class client base, we will be able to move forward into the future with confidence by developing and further enhancing the range of services that our clients now expect us to provide”.

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Note to Editors:

Harold Benjamin is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading commercial practices with a renowned niche in national and regional development and commercial property work.

Founded in 1953 in the City of London, the firm has continued to enjoy steady growth and expansion throughout the economic downturn with key lateral hires across all departments including commercial property investment, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment and private client. Key highlights marking its 60th anniversary year include the mergers with Jonathan S Rose Solicitors and Ireland Abrahams Solicitors and the launch of Harold Benjamin Family Law, a dedicated standalone offering to capitalise on its growing private client work both at home and internationally.

Today clients include national and international corporations, major national developers and house-builders, PLCs, private businesses, banks and local authorities. Some of the clients the firm has the privilege of working with include Allied Irish Bank (AIB), Barclays Bank, Bouygues UK Ltd, Bovis Homes, Handelsbanken, LCH Properties Ltd, Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming, Metro Bank, NatWest/RBS, Taylor Wimpey and Tesco Stores Ltd (Residential Estate Development).

Ireland Abrahams Solicitors was founded in 1994 and has grown exclusively through word of mouth and client recommendations. As a result, besides acting for many local business and individuals, the firm’s client base has spread nationally and internationally. Specialising in property work and wills, probate and tax planning, the firm prides itself on providing practical, commercial and common sense advice and finding workable solutions to complex problems.

The firm advises on a wide range of commercial and residential property matters including commercial and residential property sales and purchases; the acquisition and sale of residential development sites; commercial leases for landlords and tenants; lease extensions and negotiations for purchase of freeholds by leaseholders; and advice on easements and covenants. The firm also advises on wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and the administration of estates; and Powers of Attorney.

For more information, please contact:

Keith Flavell
Managing Partner
Harold Benjamin Solicitors
Tel: 020 8422 5678
keith.flavell@haroldbenjamin.com                

Andrew Finkel
Partner
Ireland Abrahams Solicitors
Tel: 020 8864 5557
andy@irelandabrahams.com

Press enquiries to:
Mark Chester
Marketing, Business Development and PR
Tel: 020 8872 3006
mark.chester@haroldbenjamin.com