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Hammonds LLP
HeadquartersLeeds, United Kingdom
No. of offices11
No. of lawyersApprox. 460 (2010)[1]
No. of employeesApprox. 1,015 (2010)[1]
Major practice areasFull-service commercial practice
Revenue£118 million (2010)[1]
Profit per equity partner£364,000 (2010)[1]
Date founded1887
Company typeLimited Liability Partnership
Dissolved1 January 2011

Hammonds LLP was an international law firm headquartered in Leeds, United Kingdom, with offices in Beijing, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Hong Kong, Leeds, Madrid, Manchester, Munich and Paris. The firm had associate relationships with Rossotto, Colombatto & Partners in Italy and with Zhigachoff in Russia (with offices in Moscow and St Petersburg). Hammonds merged with the US-based law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in January 2011.


Hammonds' origins dated back to the founding of a legal practice in Yorkshire in 1887. In 1989 Hammond Suddards represented South Yorkshire Police during and after the Hillsborough disaster. The firm wrote a letter saying that it would like police inspector Robert Purdy to review his original statement about the events, "to reduce the graphic content and render it rather more prosaic and factual".[2]

In 2000 Hammond Suddards and Edge Ellison merged, forming Hammond Suddards Edge, at that time the 11th-largest law firm in the UK.[3] The firm was ranked 20th in the UK by turnover in The Lawyer UK 100 2006, with a turnover of £132 million. Throughout 2005-2009, the firm underwent significant restructuring under the stewardship of Managing Partner Peter Crossley. As of 2009, the partnership consisted of approximately 180 partners and over 1,000 employees. Hammonds converted to a Limited Liability Partnership in May 2008.[4]

Hammonds and the United States-based law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey announced that they were in merger talks in August 2010.[5] The partnerships of both firms voted in favour of a merger in November 2010, and it was completed on 1 January 2011.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "UK 200 Results 2010 - Hammonds". The Lawyer. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Hillsborough Inquests: Officer regrets calling fans 'animals'". Manchester: BBC. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Gaining the Edge". The Lawyer. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Hammonds converts to LLP". The Lawyer. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Squire Sanders law firm explores merger with Britain's Hammonds". The Washington Post. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Hammonds, Squire Sanders win 90 per cent backing for merger". The Lawyer. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2012.

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