Aberdein Considine has announced that it is to merge with Edinburgh law firm Russel+Aitken Edinburgh LLP.

The combined businesses – which will trade under the Aberdein Considine brand – will together employ more than 480 staff and have a turnover of more than £32 million.

Following the merger, all of Russel+Aitken Edinburgh’s staff will transfer to Aberdein Considine and will be based in the firm’s Edinburgh offices in Multrees Walk, Elm Row and Lothian Road. Russel+Aitken Edinburgh’s two equity partners, Dianne Paterson and Alan Jones, will join Aberdein Considine as consultants.

Aberdein Considine Managing Partner Jacqueline Law said: “Russel+Aitken Edinburgh LLP is an incredibly well-respected firm, with a loyal client bank. Dianne Paterson has served clients in a professional and caring manner over a long and successful career.

“As Managing Partner of Russel+Aitken Edinburgh LLP, and a former ESPC Director, she has also built around her a hardworking, loyal and client focussed team. The values of Russel+Aitken Edinburgh LLP are very closely aligned with those of Aberdein Considine.

“We are committed to ensuring that Russel+Aitken Edinburgh’s clients continue to receive a high quality legal and estate agency service. We are also excited to introduce to those clients, expanded private client services together with additional specialist legal services not currently offered by Russel+Aitken Edinburgh LLP, including industry recognised employment, family law and commercial law services.

"We feel a sense of pride that Dianne Paterson and Alan Jones have chosen Aberdein Considine to continue the Russel+Aitken Edinburgh promise of delivering the best legal service possible to every client. Whilst many medium sized firms continue to choose to go down the commercial route, our strategic plan is to remain a full service law firm and to strengthen our teams and service offering in Central Scotland.

“Given its culture, history and partner led service, Russel+Aitken Edinburgh is an excellent fit with Aberdein Considine and underlines our commitment to investing and growing our business in Edinburgh.”

Dianne Paterson said: “We are excited to be joining forces with a firm of Aberdein Considine’s calibre. We are looking forward to strengthening and expanding the legal services available to our existing clients, and to participating in Aberdein Considine’s vision for the service they provide in Edinburgh and Central Scotland.”