JMW acquires Manchester’s Goodman Harvey

Manchester-firm JMW has acquired local specialist property and litigation firm Goodman Harvey, set up in 2004 by an ex-Halliwells partner and an imaginary rabbit.

The £1m turnover firm was formed by ex-Halliwells partner Stephen Goodman, who has also worked at Hammonds, in 2004. The firm boasts an outline of a rabbit on its website and according to various reports was set up under Goodman’s name and that of the invisible rabbit which featured in 1950s film Harvey.

In a statement Goodman, who is joining JMW’s commercial property team, said that clients had reacted positively to the move with JMW.

He said: “When we were first approached by another law firm, some six months ago, we decided that merger with a larger practice would best meet the needs of our clients now and into the future. When we met JMW we felt that they were a great fit for us. We didn’t want to join a large regional or national practice but instead wanted to join a successful entrepreneurial and ambitious firm.”

JMW recently posted its year-end results for 2012/13 (28 May 2013), revealing a 13 per cent increase in revenue thanks to a significant boost in online instructions. The firm did not disclose a profit figure, but said that profitability had grown 25 per cent over the same period.