BLM swoops for Northern Irish law firmBy Matthew Ord, Digital Staff Writer
Insurance law giant BLM has swooped for a full service Northern Irish law firm with offices in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, as well as a presence in Dublin.
Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors (CFS) will become part of BLM and will be rebranded as such.
BLM described the firm as "unique" in the sense that it has three "dual-qualified solicitors who can offer legal services across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland".
Mike Brown, senior partner at BLM, said: "This combination completes our physical presence across the United Kingdom and Ireland. It allows us to further develop our business in accordance with our customers’ needs.
"Both firms have their roots firmly embedded in risk and insurance litigation. We share a clear focus and ambition to remain as a specialist and leader within the risk and insurance sector.
"Our new colleagues have a great deal to offer BLM both commercially and technically, and will enable us to confidently build upon what we have already achieved in Ireland and throughout the UK."
CFS’s senior partner Cormac Fitzpatrick described the decision as one the firm "wanted to do rather than one we needed to do".
"It was a very easy decision to make to combine with BLM," he said. "Our customers want a firm that provides more than just legal services and can provide it in a range of global markets.
"They want a firm that is embedded into the wider risk and insurance world and now we can certainly provide that. The future is very exciting for us and we are thrilled to be a part of BLM."
BLM has an existing office in Dublin, with two partners, nine solicitors and 13 staff.