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We have a “can do” attitude and get results for our university and higher education clients

We advised UCL and the School of Pharmacy, University of London on their merger. This completed in January 2012, only 4 months from the formal decisions to merge – probably a record for a merger of university institutions in the UK.

By devising an innovative constitutional process, working with the Privy Council Office and Charity Commission, we side-stepped the private Act of Parliament which is the normal route for a merger of two chartered universities.  Obtaining an Act can take years and is very costly, involving 3 readings in both Houses of Parliament and all the associated formalities.  Once the decision had been made to go ahead, speed was important to avoid merger blight and to take advantage quickly of the joint offering.  Both parties were delighted with the result.