Australia: Middletons defies market conditions with expansion into Brisbane
Last Updated: 22 January 2012

Middletons and Flower and Hart today announced they will merge to create a significant presence in the Brisbane legal market. From 1 March 2012, the new Middletons Brisbane office will combine local understanding and a strong, established commitment to the business and wider communities of Queensland with the ability to draw on the resources available through a truly national footprint.

Commenting on the merger, Middletons national managing partner Nick Nichola said, "Growth in strategic markets has been a key theme at Middletons for a number of years. This piece in our domestic footprint represents our commitment to being available to support our clients in all major markets."

In less than five years Middletons has doubled its geographic footprint in defiance of tough market conditions and declining business confidence. Middletons' merger with Salter Power in Western Australia in 2008 has been a stellar success story, highlighting the firm's strength in managing its growth. Middletons is equally confident that in Flower and Hart, the key attributes for a successful merger of compatible cultures, mutual commitment to quality, outstanding reputation built on highly responsive client service and quality partners and staff, have all been satisfied.

In response to market opportunities in Brisbane, Mr Nichola said, "Queensland is an exciting place to do business as it continues to enjoy a mining and resources boom coupled with considerable construction activity as the state responds to demand from China and India."

Flower and Hart managing partner Robert Cunningham said, "The merger is based on mutually agreed goals and objectives with unanimous support from both sides. Flower and Hart shares the same service philosophy as Middletons, placing utmost importance on delivering quality, innovative solutions to clients. Furthermore, the Middletons network strengthens the scope of our service offering and provides our clients with national reach."

About Flower and Hart

Built on a solid foundation of strong ethical values and client service, Flower and Hart Lawyers is today one of Queensland's most respected and experienced law firms. Flower and Hart is recognised for its dedication to high quality, timely and practical legal solutions, offering in-depth knowledge of the specialised needs of a range of industries, as well as high standards of client service.

Flower and Hart Lawyers focuses on the development of client relationships and fully comprehending the client's needs. By understanding the situation, the firm is better able to meet and exceed client expectations by delivering the best possible outcomes.

Flower and Hart fosters a culture that promotes and encourages initiative and innovation while remaining soundly based in an understanding of business and the law. This culture has resulted in a unique blend of skills, successfully bringing together highly experienced senior lawyers with the enthusiasm and vitality of the next generation.

About Middletons

Middletons is an Australian full service commercial law firm with offices in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney (and now Brisbane).

The firm has extensive experience acting for industry leaders, major corporations and government on groundbreaking legal transactions in Australia and internationally and provides 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.

The Middletons approach is refreshingly different. We don't confuse clients with lots of legal speak – we are straight talking.

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