Law firm acquires dental legal advisory business

(l-r): Jon Lawley, John Grant, Ray Goodman and Steve Berry

An award-winning Cardiff-based commercial law firm has expanded its UK footprint and strengthened its healthcare sector position with the acquisition of a specialist dental legal advisory firm.

Acuity Legal has acquired Goodman Grant, which has offices in Leeds and Liverpool.

Goodman Grant provides specialist legal advice to dentists, having been led by directors Ray Goodman and John Grant since 2011.

The deal forms part of Acuity’s UK expansion strategy.

The firm’s healthcare team has grown to more than 30 lawyers working throughout the UK. It has completed £250m of deals in the last three years, buoyed by a record period within the dentistry sector for mergers and acquisitions.

The Acuity healthcare team is headed up by Jon Lawley, lead partner at Acuity Law, who said: “We’re incredibly proud of our rapidly growing reputation and client base in the healthcare sector, and this acquisition is another key milestone for us as build on our dental expertise. 

“With the Goodman Grant team joining Acuity we have a huge opportunity to strengthen our offering and we’re delighted to welcome more new and talented colleagues to the Acuity team.”

The integration of staff is being led by Acuity’s head of employment and HR, Claire Knowles, with all of Goodman Grant’s team members being retained.

Steve Berry, chairman at Acuity Law, said: “This acquisition forms part of our ambitious growth strategy to develop the firm across the UK built around a team with sector leading reputations and expertise.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Goodman Grant and fully recognise the value the firm and its knowledgeable team will bring to our healthcare offering and overarching brand. It is a firm with an outstanding track record and reputation, and we are seeking to acquire similar like-minded businesses.”

Ray Goodman, director at Goodman Grant, added: “After many happy and successful years in the industry, both John Grant and I feel that this is a natural and exciting step for the firm.

“We’ve been aware of Acuity’s growing reputation for some time now, particularly within the healthcare sector, and feel confident that they have the same ethos as us, as well as the expertise to take the business forward.

“Our talented and dedicated team is incredibly important to us, and we have no doubt that they will be just as valued and well looked after under the Acuity umbrella.”

Acuity has a team of more than 130 exceptional lawyers. As well as its new Leeds and Liverpool locations, the firm has offices in London, Bristol, Cardiff, and Swansea, with plans to expand further in 2022/23.

Acuity was named Corporate Law Firm of the Year at Insider’s Wales Dealmakers Awards 2022.


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