Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and British firm Hammonds are in merger talks, it has been learned. Partners at both firms were briefed Tuesday morning on the discussions.

“While we are still at an early stage, our discussions to date indicate that such a merger would appeal strongly to clients that want high-quality legal services from lawyers who have global experience and who understand and respect client demand for value,” Squire Sanders chairman James Maiwurm said in a statement.