Top 25 chartered accountancy and business advisory firm Wilkins Kennedy LLP and chartered accountancy firm C W Fellowes Ltd are pleased to announce their merger as of 8th November 2013.

The merged entity will be known as Wilkins Kennedy and as a result of the merger Wilkins Kennedy has gained two new offices in the Hampshire region, Southampton and Portsmouth, bringing the total number of UK offices to 15.

A total of 9 directors and 70 staff from CW Fellowes have joined Wilkins Kennedy, bringing the staff total to over 500 employees.

One of the largest mergers in Wilkins Kennedy’s 130-year history, the merger also increases the tax, professional services and outsourcing departments of the firm.

Adam Wilson, Managing Director at CW Fellowes Ltd, says, “This merger provides great opportunity for our clients and staff to draw upon the wide and varied experiences of a top 25 firm to support their continued development. Merging with Wilkins Kennedy offers our clients new service lines, including VAT and corporate finance specialist departments, and offers a greater London presence for our private clients based there, as well as increased opportunities for our staff as part of a larger firm.”

Geoff Collis, Director at the CW Fellowes office in Fareham, says, “Our clients will benefit from a broader range of services and the considerable tax expertise of WK. The partner led approach is a key constituent of the firm's ethos, based in offices in the local business community at the heart of the local economy.”

Kevin Walmsley, Managing Partner of the Wilkins Kennedy Western region, says, “We have worked alongside well-respected firm CW Fellowes for a number of years as members of international accountancy organisation IAPA and we are delighted to announce our merger. We recognised mutual ideals across both firms, including our views on client focus, staff support and excellent service. Geographically, the merger is also a good fit and strengthens the Wilkins Kennedy presence across the South of England.”

Dave Fenn, Managing Partner of Wilkins Kennedy LLP, says, “As a top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm, we are delighted to announce our biggest merger after over 130 years in business and we would like to warmly welcome all our new colleagues and their clients to Wilkins Kennedy. “