Liverpool Solicitors Strengthen Union Links with Merger

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The merger between Behn Twyford and Ead Solicitors will help to strengthen the relationship between the two Liverpool law firms in an attempt to become a specialist within trade union law.

Liverpool law firms EAD Solicitors LLP and city centre practice John A. Behn Twyford have announced a merger, consolidating EAD Solicitors' offering as a specialist in legal services to trade unions. The two firms plan for the merger to took effect from 1 February 2012.

Established in 1902, Behn Twyford specialises in employment law, litigation and accidents and injuries and has a history of working for trade unions. It has worked for TGWU (now Unite the Union) since its inception in 1922 and for USDAW since its inception in 1947, complementing EAD Solicitors' existing union work with Unite and other trade unions.

EAD Solicitors has a strong reputation for personal injury and employment litigation and has close links with the trade union movement across the North and beyond, with an office in Huddersfield working alongside its Liverpool team.

The merger brings three partners and one solicitor into EAD's existing staff.
Said Mike Sexton, Managing Partner of EAD: "We are proud to be one of the main legal service providers for a number of major trade unions in the UK.

"Merging with Behn Twyford strengthens our union links even further and the practice's ethos is an excellent fit with our own, making this a step forward for both sides."

The practice was originally established by John A. Behn, who started his business from offices at 125 and 139 Dale Street in 1902, working as a sole practitioner specializing in workmen's compensation claims and police court work. He was later joined in practice by Geroge Twyford and Monty Reece, becoming Behn Twyford & Reece. The firm moved to Number One Moorfields in 1997.

Sue Graham, Senior Partner of John A. Behn, Twyford & Co, said: "Here at Behn Twyford's we are immensely proud of our heritage and links to the trade union movement, the firm having supported workers' rights since the 1900s. We are therefore delighted that this merger not only brings together two firms sharing the same core values but broadens the spectrum of services that we are able to provide to our clients."

Founded in 1974, EAD Solicitors is known for its practical, no-nonsense approach to industrial problems and its specialist solicitors have received the Legal Services Commission Quality Assurance Mark for dealing with medical negligence and personal injury.

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