Middletons JV With Firms To Create Perth Office

Australian law firm Middletons have merged with local..

firms Salter Power and Franklyn Legal in Perth

The new firm will be a full service law firm, with 8 partners and a total of about 30 staff . The  office will operate under the Middletons’ name with effect from 1 December 2008.

The press release goes on to say that

The merger caps off a phenomenal year of growth for Middletons, which has been focussed since its inception on being one of Australia’s leading national law firms.

Managing Partner Nick Nichola, in announcing the merger said, “Perth represents an enormous opportunity for Middletons – a firm that has been growing rapidly in the mature legal markets of Sydney and Melbourne with matters across the country and around the world.”

In response to market opportunities in Western Australia, Mr Nichola went on to say, “Western Australia has been the powerhouse Australian state for some time, being blessed with a wealth of natural resources that will continue to underpin the development of the State for some time to come. In addition, many view Perth as the gateway to Asia with tremendous opportunities via a presence in the west.”

Franklyn Legal Managing Partner, Rob Franklyn said “The merger creates a new force in the Western Australian legal market. Salter Power and Franklyn Legal together represent an extremely good fit, consolidating the two firm’s respective strengths in mergers and acquisitions, reconstructions, equity capital markets, resources, corporate litigation and insolvency. The addition of Middletons further bolsters the scope of our service offering and provides our clients with a national reach.”

Salter Power Managing Partner, Simon Salter emphasised the friendly nature of the merger through similar corporate cultures. “The merger has been formed on mutually agreed goals and objectives, with unanimous support from all sides. I think it is fair to say that all parties have similar approaches to delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions to clients. Similarly, the 3 firms are internally focused on the recruitment and retention of the best lawyers in the land and providing a supportive, caring environment for them.”

About Salter Power

Established in 1988, Salter Power has predominantly provided advice to resource-based companies with the scope of services extending to capital raisings, share and asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructuring such as mergers, schemes of arrangements or takeovers. Complementing its commercial and corporate practice Salter Power also has a dispute resolution section with a proven track record both in litigious and non-litigious disputes covering a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including insolvency and recovery, commercial and contractual disputes, directors’ obligations and liabilities as well as statutory and regulatory enforcement within the resource sector.

About Franklyn Legal
Established in 2004, Franklyn Legal is one of Perth’s leading boutique corporate law firms.

The Franklyn Legal team, led by Robert Franklyn, Russell Philip and Christian Owen, has significant top tier commercial and transactional experience and expertise in advising both local and international clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reconstructions, equity capital markets, private equity and capital management matters. Since its inception, Franklyn Legal has advised on some of Western Australia’s largest, and most complicated, corporate transactions.

About Middletons
Middletons is a leading commercial law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

We have extensive experience in acting for major corporates and industry leaders and working on ground breaking transactions. Clients have chosen our firm because of our comprehensive skills, industry knowledge and approach to service.

We provide advice in the areas of corporate and commercial, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property, information technology, taxation and revenue, managed investments and superannuation, competition law, commercial litigation, banking and finance, insolvency, insurance, transport and trade, property development and workplace relations.

Middletons breaks the mould when it comes to big law firms. Size, like expertise and geographical reach, is a given for our clients. Our lawyers talk our clients’ language, but challenge their thinking. Our approach is different to others; we offer advice and services built on intellect, inspiration, influence, involvement, integrity and individuality.