Independent commercial legal firms Edinburgh-based Davidson Chalmers and Glasgow's Kergan Stewart, have announced their merger from 1 May 2019.

The combined practice of Davidson Chalmers Stewart will comprise 16 partners and 45 staff, dedicated to serving business clients large and small in Scotland and beyond.

All existing roles will be retained in the new business. The seven partner corporate team will be headed by Davidson Chalmers partner Craig Stirling; Alan Stewart, founding partner of Kergan Stewart, will take up the role of chairman, while Andrew Chalmers, founding partner of Davidson Chalmers, becomes managing partner. Davidson Chalmers Stewart will continue to operate from the combined firms’ existing offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Galashiels.

Mr Stewart commented: “This is an exciting development for both firms as we have the same strategic focus and business ambitions and share very similar cultural values. In combining our resources and areas of expertise, the merged firm will be able to offer a wider range of services, whilst continuing to deliver the highest quality service and value to our clients.”

Mr Chalmers added: “This merger creates huge scope for growth and new opportunities for our staff and our clients. Increased strength in depth as well as extended geographical reach will enable us to further improve what we offer to our clients both in terms of our specialist expertise and expanded network.”