10 February 2015
Slater and Gordon Set to Acquire Leo Abse & Cohen and Walker Smith Way
Slater and Gordon has made a series of announcements today including the planned acquisition of Leo Abse & Cohen and Walker Smith Way, two of the best known firms in South and North Wales respectively.
Both firms share Slater and Gordon’s commitment to unions and membership organisations.
Slater and Gordon Managing Director Andrew Grech said that both of the acquisitions would advance the firm’s strategic objectives in the UK by building on their existing regional presence and offering a range of accessible services to a variety of different client bases.
Mr Grech said, “Both LAC and Walker Smith Way have teams that will be able to offer a huge amount of expertise to our larger client base.
“They have particularly strong reputations in Wales and the Chester area and together we can offer a full Welsh and regional local service to our clients. More importantly they share the same values as we do and are organisations with similar cultures.
“This move will mean we are in a stronger position to offer clients world class legal services close to their home and extend our offering of specialised services to membership organisations. It demonstrates our clear commitment to the relationships we have with union clients.
“We understand that client base better than any other legal service provider and we are confident that we can deliver innovative solutions for them and their members locally, regionally and nationally.”
The announcement will see the firm’s operations in the UK grow by around 200 staff and five new locations.
The business has also just announced their half year results showing that they are on track to meet their financial targets in the UK and Australia.
Slater and Gordon started the final stage of their Manchester integration project yesterday (Feb 9th) with 700 staff moving into the new city centre office in Mosely Street.
In addition the UK business has just launched a refreshed brand with a new logo and colour scheme and have a wave of new TV commercials that will air on national TV from next week.
Neil Turnbull, from Walker Smith Way said, ““We have a long history of acting for clients in the Chester and North Wales region and for trade union members and this transaction provides us with a real opportunity to continue our growth within this sector and to ensure that we can provide an unrivalled local service going forwards.
Mark Church, from LAC said, “We are looking forward to building on our significant position in South and West Wales and believe that working with Slater and Gordon is the best way to serve our clients in the future.
“We are delighted to have found a partner in Slater and Gordon who are so aligned to our core interest in providing the best possible service to our individual clients and trade unions.”
Both firms will continue to work from their offices and will be dual branded for the next 12 months.
Slater and Gordon have 1,450 staff and offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Derby, Merseyside, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Halifax, Newcastle, Wakefield and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire and in Hull, Yorkshire.