Leading rural chartered surveyors Smiths Gore has merged with the Wooleroffice of independent chartered surveyors Sale & Partners.
The move took effect yesterday and will mean the breadth of services available to clients is increased.
The two firms have united under the Smiths Gore brand and the Wooler office will be headed up by Michael Orde.
He will be supported by a strong team including two partners Ewan Harris, formerly of Sale and Partners in Wooler, and James Boulton, who is a partner in Smiths Gore’s Berwick office.
Richard Landale will stay on in a consultancy role.
Michael Orde said: “This is an extremely complementary merger which enables us to build on our strong foundations in the region.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the staff and partners of Sale & Partners and are looking forward to serving current and future clients of the combined firm in the provision of a complete range of rural property consultancy in the area.”
Richard Landale, Senior Partner of Sale & Partners added: “Smiths Gore is a firm we have admired and worked closely alongside for many years and this merger is a natural fit for the staff and partners of our Wooler office.
“We look forward to working with new colleagues in the merged business in north Northumberland.
“As we share similar values, I know that not only will the merger provide seamless continuity of service to our client base, but it also has the added advantage of drawing upon the deeper resources of a national firm.”
Smiths Gore has 31 offices throughout the UK with more than 500 staff and partners. It is the leading provider of rural property services.
Sale and Partners is a leading firm in north Northumberland.