Dentons vows tie-up will be a game changer

Elizabeth Fournier
THE UK boss of Dentons yesterday called the newly formed law firm a “game changer” that would challenge the status quo among traditional firms.

Speaking as the merger between Salans, SNR Denton and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain went live after a long Easter weekend spent finalising details, UKMEA chief executive Matthew Jones said the new firm was positioning as “a genuine challenger to the established order”.

“Today’s launch of Dentons is a game-changer ... a transformative step for three great legacy firms that share a common vision of the law firm of the future,” he added.

Partners from the three firms voted through a three-way merger late last year under the Dentons name, creating a new top 10 law firm by headcount with combined revenues of more than £800m.

Global chair Joe Andrew said the firm’s international experience marked it apart from competitors.

“We’re polycentric, with no single headquarters, no dominant national culture and experience in every legal tradition in the world,” he said.

Despite the lack of formal headquarters, the London office at Fleet Place will remain the firm’s largest, with a total of 2,500 employees spread across the firm’s 79 global offices.