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SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP

December 19 2012, 2:25PM

Leading merger and acquisitions lawyer Ewen Crouch is joining Westpac's board.

Mr Crouch has been the chairman of Allens law firm since 2009, and prior to that was the firm's co-head of mergers and acquisitions.

He will step down from his role at Allens on January 31, and join Westpac as an independent non-executive director on February 1.