Hong Kong

U.K.-listed law firm Gordon Dadds has entered into an association with a local firm in Hong Kong as the firm prepares to merge with Ince & Co.

The Law Society of Hong Kong has approved an association between Gordon Dadds’ Hong Kong office and Justin Chow & Co., a three-lawyer practice launched by name partner Justin Chow in January. Chow focuses on general corporate and commercial work, and previously did stints at local firms Ellen Au & Co. Solicitors and de Bedin & Lee.

The approval follows a merger agreement announced last week between Gordon Dadds and Ince. The deal will see all of Ince’s global offices join the combined firm by the end of this year. The combined firm will be called Ince Gordon Dadds.

Adrian Biles, Gordon Dadds’ chief executive, confirmed that Justin Chow & Co. will integrate with Ince’s Hong Kong office as part of the combination.

In addition, Gordon Dadds’ two-lawyer Hong Kong office will also merge into the combined firm. “It’s complementary. No conflicts,” Ince Hong Kong managing partner David Beaves said of the two firms combining Hong Kong offices.

Gordon Dadds, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM board, first disclosed a Hong Kong association in a financials announcement in June. Earlier that year, the firm opened its first office outside the U.K. in Hong Kong with real estate partner Alan Ma. Both Ma and his associate, Ghulam Marium Butt, are English lawyers, and a local association will enable the firm to provide Hong Kong law advice.

In September, Gordon Dadds announced it had been in merger talks with Ince, which has operated in Hong Kong since 1979 and has 19 lawyers, including seven partners, mostly focusing on shipping and aviation work.

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