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Acquisitive personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors has bought the personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence practices of two regional firms in separate deals valued at £1m.
Hull headquartered Neil Hudgell Solicitors launched a website offering rival professionals a way to sell legal practices and cases in 2011. The firm has completed 23 deals totalling over £5m since the launch.
The latest acquisitions will see the firm add the clinical negligence and PI book from Luton-headquartered Pictons and Maidenhead-based Gordons Solicitors.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors managing director Neil Hudgell said: “These latest acquisitions enable us to establish further our presence in the south of the country where we are rapidly expanding our business and taking on new clients.”
Pictons managing partner Sukh Saini said that having reviewed the firm’s practice following the introduction of the Jackson Reforms last April, it was decided that the length of time a clinical negligence case can take meant it was more profitable to focus on other areas of law.
“We have informed all our clinical negligence clients and have been assured that those whose cases are being transferred will continue to receive a high level of care,” he said.
Gordons Solicitors managing partner Keith Gordon said the firm’s PI department had been marginal in comparison to its corporate commercial and litigation work, adding: “Following a strategic review and the advent of the Jackson reforms we felt that our resources should be concentrated around our core strengths.”
The cases from both firms will be transferred to Neil Hudgell Solicitors 12-strong London office, which opened last year after the firm purchased collapsed litigation boutique Harris Cartier’s book of personal injury work (3 December 2013).