Crill Canavan in Jersey and Collas Day in Guernsey have jointly announced that they are to merge with effect from a date to be confirmed in the spring of 2011.

The combined law firms will be known as Collas Crill. The combined firm creates a new 15 partner Channel Island firm.

Both firms hold a solid market position in their respective Channel Island. The merger is intended to build on the strengths each has, in particular in corporate and banking, investment funds, property, trusts and dispute resolution.

Collas Day’s associated fiduciary business, the Guernsey Trust Company, will continue to service the Guernsey market. Collas Day IP Management will become Collas Crill IP Management, and Collas Day's London office will support the combined legal practices.

Crill Canavan senior partner Nuno Santos-Costa said: “Both Crill Canavan and Collas Day believe we have found in each other an excellent strategic fit. As mid-sized firms in our respective markets we already punch above our weight.

“The merger will strengthen both firms’ presence locally and internationally, while providing clients with greater strength and depth of expertise across our full service offering.

He added: “Our joint objective is to grow both firms and extend the jurisdictions we operate in, while retaining what makes each of our firms special in our respective markets: our ability to offer a depth of skill and experience while maintaining the hands-on expertise and responsiveness of a partner-led service.”

Both are known, by clients and by industry commentators, as professional, approachable firms that are easy to do business with. Each firm is strong and enjoys a spread of expertise and significant depth of knowledge. Responsiveness and a thoughtful approach to meeting client objectives are cornerstones of their services.

Collas Day’s senior partner Chris Bound said: “This is good news for each individual firm, and for the Channel Islands as a whole. Together we will service clients in the Channel Islands, the UK and internationally – including the increasingly important Asian market – and will raise awareness of our services and our jurisdictions in international legal markets.

He added: “We are all really excited about the new opportunities open to us as a joint force in the Channel Islands. Our firms, both with long and proud histories in their respective jurisdictions, can benefit from each other’s strengths. The innovative style and progressive attitude of our merged firm will benefit our clients through our combined expertise and the exemplary quality of service for which we are known.”

Across both islands the firms have a dedicated and professional management team who will be running the integration process. This will mean that, in line with both firms' ethos, lawyers will remain focused on clients and continue to deliver the excellent service on which each firm prides itself.

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For further information about this press release please contact Kate Kirk on + 44(0)1534 601763 or kate.kirk@crillcanavan.com