DWF and Cobbetts have called off their merger talks.
In a joint statement the two firms said: “The preliminary discussions between DWF and Cobbetts regarding a potential merger have now come to a conclusion and we have made the decision not to progress these talks any further due to the current uncertainty in market conditions.
“Growth by merger and lateral hires continues to be an option for both firms but until any discussions are brought to a conclusion, we will not be in a position to talk about them publicly.”
The existence of the talks was confirmed earlier this month. Both firms have a significant presence in the legal services market for the public sector.