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Cripps merges with PDT Solicitors to grow South East footprint

30 November 2023
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James Clewlow Managing Partner at PDT Solicitors with James Beatton Managing Partner at Cripps.
James Clewlow Managing Partner at PDT Solicitors with James Beatton Managing Partner at Cripps.

Legal firm Cripps has announced that it has merged with PDT Solicitors in a move to bolster its reach in the South East.

The newly merged firm will operate under the name Cripps and will see an entity created which has over 500 staff and turns over £45m a year.

The merged firm will operate from offices in Tunbridge Wells, London Victoria and Horsham.

James Beatton, Managing Partner at Cripps, said: “We’ve known and worked with PDT for many years. We share the same entrepreneurial spirit and growth mindset and have been hugely impressed by their legal talent and approach to client service. I am looking forward to joining forces and providing an enhanced experience for our people and clients. Our ambition is to be the pre-eminent law firm in the South, and this merger takes us another step closer to that goal.”

James Clewlow, Managing Partner at PDT Solicitors joining the Cripps Board upon completion of the merger in early 2024.

James Clewlow said: “We are delighted to join forces with Cripps, whose ambition and creativity I really love. Having worked closely with Cripps for a number of years, we know that our values and cultures are well aligned and that we share the same passion and energy for our future vision for the merged firm. I believe the merger will bring tremendous benefits to our clients, our people, and the wider communities we serve.”


Stephen Emerson is the Managing Editor of The Business Magazine and is responsible for the publication's print publications and online properties including the newly launched Biz News websites in Hampshire and Dorset.

Stephen has been a journalist for 20 years and has worked at local, regional and national publications and led a team which made The Scotsman website one of the fastest growing news sites in the UK with over eight million monthly users.

He has a keen interest in technology, property and corporate finance and telling the stories of the people behind the successful firms in these sectors.

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