Kingsley Napley has acquired Archon Solicitors to create a combined employment practice of seven partners and 11 associates.
Corinne Aldridge, managing partner of City employment firm Archon, has been appointed as the new head of Kingsley Napley’s employment team. The Archon team will move into Kingsley Napley’s Farringdon offices on 30 September and will no longer operate under the Archon name.
Joining Aldridge at Kingsley Napley are fellow partners Nick Ralph and Niki Southern, six associates and consultant Rob McCreath. They will work with the existing Kingsley Napley employment team which includes partners Richard Fox, Adrian Crawford, Adam Lambert and Andreas White.
Archon managing partner Corrine Aldridge told Legal Business: ‘We see this as a good evolution in being able to develop our practice and offer additional resources to our clients. We see this as a very exciting opportunity with a firm with whom we feel we have a very good fit. We will have a big department which will give us an opportunity to be a real competitor within the industry. We have the sort of depth and experience within our team to make a very good offering to clients.
‘Practices within the employment field have come under more scrutiny, for instance the #Me Too campaign. I think for employees it’s given them the confidence to challenge their employers,’ added Aldridge.
The acquisition is part of Kingsley Napley’s plan to enhance the practice significantly following a busy period for the existing employment team.
Kingsley Napley’s managing partner Linda Woolley commented: ‘This is a rare acquisition for Kingsley Napley and is testament to the strong cultural and practice fit between our firm and Archon. I am delighted Archon has agreed to come on board, effectively doubling our employment law capability. Corinne and her colleagues are a great fit for us and our client base. With such a strong track-record in contentious employment matters, and their focus on the City, financial and professional services, the combined team will enjoy an outstanding reputation.’