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Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to announce that is has joined national law firm Mills Oakley.  The move included Clarendons’ five partners and 20 staff joining Mills Oakley over a transitional period during November and December 2021. This move comes at a time of strength for the M&A market and will allow Mills Oakley to bolster its corporate and M&A practice in Melbourne with the dynamic and highly regarded Clarendons’ team. Meanwhile, the staff and clients of Clarendons now have access to the opportunities and services found in a full service, national commercial firm.

Clarendon Lawyers’ Managing Director Tony Symons, primed for the opportunity, said:
“At Clarendons we are proudly independent, and until now have been resistant to any movement, but as our deal size has matured we recognised the necessity to expand our offering within a full service firm.” He said. “Alignment was key to evaluating the right partner and after a careful selection process we have found that in Mills Oakley; a dynamic full service national firm with a boutique soul.”

The firms have a natural cultural and professional alignment with open accessible cultures, entrepreneurial spirit and total commitment to high quality legal service.
Commenting on the move, Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker said: “Cultural alignment is often elusive, but it was clear from very outset of our talks that our two firms share a genuine sense of common purpose. Clarendons has that innovative boutique culture, while Mills Oakley has always identified as a national full-service firm with the nimbleness and agility of a boutique. We have known and respected each other for many years and it is wonderful to see that relationship come to fruition.”

Mr Symons said: “I am so proud of the amazing contributions made by every member of the Clarendons team in building such a well-respected brand, recognised as one of the strongest M&A teams in the market. Additionally, I am grateful to all our fantastic clients and partners that have loyally supported us, and we look forward to building on these relationships under the Mills Oakley banner.”

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Nick Manuell, director of clarendon lawyers