First international acquisition for a new digital law firm

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Manchester-based digital law firm arch.law has announced its first international transaction with the acquisition of Australian firm Nexus Law Group, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition will bring together over 50 lawyers and advisers in the UK and Australia with the primary objective of providing cutting edge technology with high quality lawyers to deliver different legal solutions to its clients.

The acquisition is self-financed by arch.law through a share purchase.

Nexus Law Group has offices in five states in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle and was founded by Principal Marcus McCarthy in 2014, who will continue at arch.law Australia as a member of the portfolio.

Andrew Leaitherland founded arch.law in 2021. The former CEO of DWF Group has grown the business from 450 people with two offices in Manchester and Liverpool to over 4,300 people in 33 offices around the world.

Operating on a distributed law firm model, arch.law had 35 lawyers and advisers prior to the Australian acquisition.

Mr. Leaitherland said: “The acquisition of Nexus Law Group allows arch.law to embark on building a global and scalable platform allowing our clients to benefit from a team of high quality legal advisers combined with advanced technology.

“There are many positive synergies and opportunities in the Australian market to drive the digital law firm model and we look forward to working with the highly skilled team at Nexus to deliver different legal solutions to our clients.”

Marcus McCarthy said, “I couldn’t be happier with this development, not only for our lawyers but also for our clients who will benefit from the increased depth of service that arch.law can provide.

“We operate a nearly identical structure to arch.law and all of our interactions demonstrate a strong cultural alignment, which was important for our team moving forward. I am very keen to help expand the arch.law business in Australia and continue what I consider to be one of the most innovative and beneficial operating structures for quality lawyers to work together around the world.

“Together, the two companies now have a supercharged platform for growth in Australia and beyond, well into the future.”

While CEO of DWF Group, Mr Leaitherland had built the Australian business to over 200 people in three years. He said, “I know the opportunities available in APAC and look forward to building another substantial digital law firm model in the Southern Hemisphere.”

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