English shipping law specialist Lax & Co has merged with bigger legal group Rosling King (RK).

The deal represents a move into shipping litigation for the City of London-based buyer.

Lax & Co was founded in 2007 by Mike Lax, partly so he could commit to defending private Russian shipowner Yuri Nikitin in a mammoth UK High Court fraud trial involving Russian state shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group).