Slater and Gordon today completed the acquisition of national law firm Pannone Solicitors LLP, transforming it into one of the UK’s largest law firms.
Slater and Gordon Head of UK said the acquisition of the majority of practice groups at Pannone, a market leading personal injury, business crime and family law practice, increased Slater and Gordon’s headcount by about 50% to more than 1,200 across 18 offices in 13 locations.
Head of Slater and Gordon UK said, “By acquiring this nationally renowned practice we become one of the UK’s largest general law firms. We are proud that both firms have a strong history of fighting for justice for our clients, for example in the practice area of Abuse Law, where we have the responsibility and privilege of representing the majority of victims of Jimmy Savile.
“Today’s acquisition creates the UK’s largest team of Abuse Lawyers, to be led by Liz Dux and Richard Scorer. We look forward to advocating for our clients to ensure their interests remain a priority for Government and the community.”
The firm adds more than 400 staff to its Manchester-based operation, transforming it into the city’s largest law firm.
The newly acquired parts of the firm will be known as “Pannone, part of Slater and Gordon” and will transition to Slater and Gordon over the coming months. Pannone staff in Manchester will remain in their current offices during this period, while the London team will join Slater and Gordon offices on Chancery Lane.
Slater and Gordon is pleased to announce it plans to bring all Manchester-based staff, more than 700 people, under one roof during 2015 and is currently considering a shortlist of suitable properties.
Head of Slater and Gordon UK also said, “This acquisition is a vital step in Slater and Gordon’s aim of becoming the UK’s leading law firm, and our mission of providing everyday people and business men and women with easier access to world class legal services.
“We warmly welcome our new colleagues to Slater and Gordon and look forward to progressing our efforts for firm-wide integration. Once the initial challenges of integration are dealt with, we look forward to turning our attention to building our depth of services across the UK.”
Slater and Gordon has acquired the majority of the practice groups of Pannone, including Personal Injury and Serious Injury, Clinical Negligence Court of Protection, Family Law, Wills Trusts & Probate, Real Estate; as well as some elements of the Employment and Dispute Resolution practice areas.
Today’s announcement follows the completion of Slater and Gordon’s acquisitions of John Pickering and Partners, Fentons, Goodmans and Taylors Vinters (Personal Injury practice) during 2013.
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