Leading Legal 500 law firm say they are ‘honoured’ to be working alongside the legendary long-established criminal law specialists Linskills as they acquire the firm for an undisclosed sum. Criminal and commercial litigation specialists Astraea Legal has announced its acquisition of Linskills Solicitors. The purchase marks the start of a rapid expansion for the progressive law firm who have offices in both Liverpool and London and the acquisition of Linskills Solicitors will see the team grow from 8 to 20. Astraea Legal, who specialise in a wide range of legal services, said that Linskills will continue to trade under their current name and founder Julian Linskill will remain very much part of the team for the foreseeable future. Astraea Legal founder and Managing Partner Nama Zarroug commented, ‘Our aim is to build on Linskills’ exceptional reputation and take their legacy forward as part of our international practice. They have been a well-respected player in the Liverpool legal scene for over forty years and we are looking forward to be working alongside such experienced professionals.’ Nama went on to say that the acquisition will help fast-track the firms commitment to championing access to justice for some of the area’s most vulnerable clients. ‘Linskills will remain the trading name for all of our publicly funded work and together with our expertise in areas such as crime, property, civil litigation, family and welfare this will expand and enrich our overall offering.’ Speaking about the acquisition, Linskills founder Julian Linskill commented, ‘This marks a new era for the whole team here at Linskills. When the Astraea team approached us we were immediately impressed by their progressive approach and felt the merger would be a real meeting of minds. We are all delighted to be working alongside Nama and her team and look forward to adding further strength to our core services over the coming months.’ Astraea Legal was founded in 2016 by Nama Zarroug and fellow director Matt Reynolds and were subsequently joined by Directors James Roochove and Sara Perischine, along with a hand-picked team of highly experienced professionals. Astraea Legal service clients locally, nationally, and internationally and their combined areas of expertise span everything from all aspects of regulatory investigations, criminal, civil and commercial litigation as well as commercial property law, family, electoral, motoring and licencing law. With an overriding aim to provide the best possible representation for the lowest possible cost, their acquisition of Linskills will now allow the team to offer legal aid support to vulnerable clients alongside their high-profile commercial work. In a landmark week for Astraea, they have also been ranked as one of the top law firms in the UK with their inclusion in the Legal 500 list. The rankings, which are recognised globally, highlight law firms who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice, based on feedback from clients and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.