Perth firm Christensen Vaughan will merge with the Perth operations of national legal firm Gadens Lawyers to form an expanded commercial legal practice in Western Australia.

The combined practice will have six partners and 45 staff, with greater depth and wider practice areas providing specialised commercial legal services to clients of both firms, large or small.

Christensen Vaughan established its Perth office in 2003 and has 24 employees in total while Gadens established its Perth arm in 2006 and employs 57 people, according to WA Business News' Book of Lists.

The expanded practice will extend Gadens' well-known legal expertise in banking and finance, insolvency, property, financial services recovery, commercial litigation, aged care, resources and infrastructure, whilst also continuing to provide the personalised specialist skills for which Christensen Vaughan has been known.

Partner of Gadens Perth, David Albrecht, said "Joining with Christensen Vaughan allows us to provide more extensive services to our expanding number of corporate and banking clients. We are excited by the opportunities it creates, both for the services we can provide to clients and for the career development it presents for our staff."

"The culture and experience within the two firms provides an excellent complementary fit as we seek to expand Gadens Lawyers in Western Australia", he added.

Lee Christensen said "Joining Gadens Lawyers enables us to grow our existing insolvency/reconstruction practice and add depth to our corporate, banking and property teams. All of which will provide greater services to our clients. The expanded practice we believe will deliver specialised services to both local and national clients."

Gadens Lawyers is a top-ten national law firm with 112 partners, 1,030 staff and offices in every mainland state and Papua New Guinea.