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FCW Lawyers merges with Sydney-based Aperion Law

Two entrepreneurs have a meeting of the minds

Melbourne-based FCW Lawyers is expanding into New South Wales through a merger with Sydney-based Aperion Law, effective 5 July 2021.

Being domiciled in different capital cities means each firm will be able to expand the geographic reach of their expert service offering and industry focus while ensuring they don’t compromise the essence of what makes them trusted by their clients and valued by their employees.

FCW Lawyers Managing Principal Andrew Douglas explained,

“Mark and I both left Big Law for a reason. We enjoy the ability to be agile and responsive in meeting the needs of our clients. A firm of our size allows us to be nimble, inclusive and present but still able to provide premium advice in our discrete areas of expertise.

In addition to our well-established focus on workplace relations, franchising and licensing; FCW Lawyers will be able to now also provide a wider range of transactional corporate and general commercial law services.

Meeting a like-minded firm, with complementary expertise and a grounded presence in Sydney, made the decision to merge very easy.”

Aperion Law is renowned for its work in Sydney assisting entrepreneurs to start and scale businesses, with a focus on technology and research commercialisation.

Mark Allen, founder of Aperion Law, added:

“As our clients progress along their growth trajectory, workplace and other sector-specific issues become more complex and require deeper expertise.

Having a presence in Melbourne has also been on our radar for some time. The start-up space there is vibrant. To be able to join a firm that will be able to not only enhance our service offering but also give us a presence in Melbourne is an exciting opportunity for our team.”

The resulting merged firm will be known as FCW Lawyers, with a team of 25 across both sites.

News of the merger was featured in Lawyers Weekly on 27 June 2021.