Leeds-based law firm Simpson Millar poised to go on the acquisition trail

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LAW firm Simpson Millar could be poised to snap up further acquisitions in Yorkshire.

Simpson Millar, which has 150 staff in Leeds and Sheffield, said that it could be interested in buying law firms, individual departments and niche practices that have expertise in areas such as family law and clinical negligence.

Peter Watson, the managing partner of Simpson Millar told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are not actively seeking to expand our network of offices but rather to develop core practice areas where we already have a presence.

“Our merger with McAras in summer 2012 was a great example of that and we are very open to the prospect of engaging in talks with other firms or specialist divisions in the Yorkshire region. The key for us remains to consider each business proposition on its own merits and to keep an open mind.”

Although Simpson Millar’s focus has largely been on personal injury, clinical negligence, family and conveyancing, Mr Watson wouldn’t rule out acquisitions outside those areas.

He said: “It all depends on the specific opportunity and the cultural fit..Simpson Millar already serves the major regions in England and Wales from 11 offices

which is a good national spread. That said, we will always consider expanding into new cities if we were particularly impressed by a local practice.”

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