Slater & Gordon marches into Liverpool through Goodmans Law merger

Slater & Gordon has topped off a month of merger activity with the completion of a move into the Liverpool market through a tie-up with personal injury firm Goodmans Law.

The news comes less than a fortnight after the Australian listed firm announced the acquisition of London and Manchester-based personal injury specialists Fentons alongside its latest financials.

Slater & Gordon’s UK arm posted revenues of £46.1m to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) last week, a 10 per cent increase on 2011/12 on the like-for-like revenues in the previous year (21 August 2013).

The Goodmans team, which is made up of three partners and 14 lawyers, will remain in the Merseyside office. Chief executive Neil Kinsella said the acquisition would see the firm’s geographic operations extend to Liverpool for the first time. He added:“Goodmans Law has specialist expertise in brain and spinal injuries and claims arising from problems at birth.”

Goodmans Law director Ian Cohen added: “We’re very proud of our heritage as a firm and look forward to bringing our local knowledge of Merseyside and our professional excellence in personal injury and medical negligence claims to Slater & Gordon.”

Slater & Gordon also completed its acquisition of the Cambridge-based personal injury team of Taylor Vinters earlier this month (19 August 2013), however talks with Simpson Millar, first reported earlier this year (7 May 2013), have been deferred until early 2014 according to the firm’s ASX filing.

Last year was the first full year for the Australian firm in the UK, which acquired Russell Jones & Walker in January 2012 (30 January 2012).