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THE Perth office of Deacons Lawyers has formally integrated with eastern state branches, creating a single financially integrated national partnership.

Under the name Deacons, the integrated firm will have 150 partners and more than 500 lawyers located around the nation, which is one of the main benefits of the alliance, according to local managing partner John Groppoli.

“Our clients are demanding both national and global legal solutions in connection with their businesses, and with integration they will now benefit from access to an extended range of expertise,” Mr Groppoli said.

The Perth office previously was affiliated to other offices around the country, however the decision to have a shared economic focus was one that needed to be made, according to Mr Groppoli.

“The (previous) association had outlived its usefulness,” he said.

Mr Groppoli said having a shared economic outlook would provide many opportunities of economies of scale and allow the firm to benefit from national technological enhancements.

Firms in the eastern states have been undergoing radical technological advances and, according to chief executive partner Don Boyd, the Perth office will have access to a wide range of facilities.

“The integration is very timely, as it will allow the Perth office to benefit from the ongoing national IT upgrade, including a wide area network (WAN) link, state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities, national intranet and new generation website,” Mr Boyd said.

He said Perth clients would be among the first to benefit from the Deacons’ B2B Extranet, allowing them access to on-line collaboration with their lawyers.

Mr Groppoli said the partnership would allow the company to move resources to where their clients needed them.

“Our aim is to ensure that integration will deliver additional value to our staff and our clients in connection with their business dealings,” he said.

Deacons’ WA clients have both national and international requirements and this integration would allow them to service those needs, Mr Groppoli said.

“This enables us to first of all to deliver a national seamless service approach,” he said.

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