Leeds-based law firm Simpson Millar has announced its second acquisition in three months as it pushes forward with its growth strategy.
The acquisition of JWK, which employs over 50 staff across its three offices in Lancaster, Morecambe and Southport, establishes the firm as one of the largest providers of consumer and business legal services in Lancashire and the South Lakes.
The acquisition takes the number of Simpson Millar offices to 11 across England and Wales.
Greg Cox, CEO of Simpson Millar said: “This latest acquisition is part of our growth strategy to build the firm into a leading national law firm, and forms part of our commitment to expanding our presence across England and Wales.
“JWK has a reputation for providing the very best legal advice through an ‘honest and down to earth approach’ which fits with our culture, and we believe that the two firms are a great fit.
“What the JWK team will bring to the table will only add to, and further enhance, the depth and breadth of experience that Simpson Millar already offers to its clients.”
The announcement coincides with the launch of the firm’s new website and corporate identity which has been developed as part of ongoing plans to provide clients with a simpler and more accessible way to get the legal advice they need.
The announcement follows Simpson Millar acquiring Liverpool based law firm EAD in September.
Craig Hollingdrake, former managing partner at JWK, who joins Simpson Millar as partner, commented: “We are delighted to be joining Simpson Millar at this exciting time in their journey.
“The acquisition enables JWK to strengthen the team and bolster the range of services we can offer to our clients; while also benefiting from the support that being part of a national firm with substantial resources can bring.”