The legal sector consultancies Hildebrandt and Baker Robbins & Company (BRCO) announced today that they will merge into a single company, effective 1st January, 2010. Both are part of the Business of Law group of Thomson Reuters.
 
Hildebrandt is a management consulting firm serving law firms and corporate and governmental law departments throughout the world. BRCO is a technology and business process consulting firm for the same market. Together, the new firm – which will be known as Hildebrandt Baker Robbins – will be the largest and most diversified consultancy serving the legal market, with more than 120 consultants working around the world in a broad range of practice areas.
 
“The combination of Hildebrandt and Baker Robbins & Company is a strategic response to better help clients deal with the significant changes occurring in the legal market, including globalization, pricing challenges and leadership development,” said Hildebrandt founder Brad Hildebrandt. “These changes are increasingly driving the need for holistic solutions that cut across many specialized disciplines and areas of expertise. I look forward to introducing our clients to expanded service offerings that will help them successfully meet those challenges.”
 
“We are creating a unique consultancy that combines our strengths and will address our clients’ most important business-critical needs with unparalleled expertise and experience in the legal market,” said Brad Robbins, co-founder of Baker Robbins & Company. “For the first time, legal organizations will have access to fully integrated solutions that combine business strategy with technology and business processes. The unique services offered by the new company represent a substantial value-add to clients, especially in such essential areas as strategy, and enhanced use of technology both in the practice of law and as a management tool.”
 
Chris Kibarian, president of the Business of Law group within Thomson Reuters, Legal, stated, “We’re very excited to provide to the legal market the combined experience and expertise of these two extraordinary consultancies. Merging their services into a single, coordinated business offers an unparalleled opportunity to help our clients successfully manage their firms through the sea changes that are occurring in today’s legal market.”
 
The newly combined firm will be managed jointly by Brad Robbins, the current CEO of Baker Robbins & Company, and Jim Jones, the current managing director of Hildebrandt, while Brad Hildebrandt will continue in a senior leadership role with a special focus on key client relationships and global initiatives. The company will operate out of its nine principal offices in Chicago, Eagan, Minn, Houston,; London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Somerset, NJ and Washington DC.  Effective January 1, 2010, the company will also have representative offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney.