Ortus Group brokers law firm merger

Bristol based Star Legal expand into the Midlands through its merger with CMHT Solicitors LLP, scheduled to complete on 1 May 2019. In June 2018, CMHT instructed the business advisory and brokerage company Ortus Group to advise on its options for future planning which has led to the merger with Star Legal a South West firm expanding its footprint into the West Midlands for the first time. Colin White, Managing Director of Ortus Group commented, “Succession planning is all too often left until the last minute but because the partners of CMHT were on the ball and planning for their succession well before they need to retire, we were able to get a much better deal for them than would have otherwise been possible. Rather than settling for the first option to come their way like many firms do, we were able to generate interest from several quite different parties which meant the partners of CMHT ultimately had much more confidence that Star Legal was the right deal for their staff, their clients and themselves.”

Star Legal, a Bristol based firm with 17 offices, has long had ambitions to move into the West Midlands and was impressed by the quality and reputation CMHT has for its market leading Care and Mental Health practices as well as the private client offering from its Aldridge base. Joint Managing Partner of Star Legal, Ian Foster said, “We are delighted that the lawyers and staff of CMHT are joining Star Legal. I am sure they will become a valuable addition to the Star Legal practice in the Midlands and will bring other key skills including their strong care and mental health practices. Ortus Group have been very professional in their approach; always ready to assist when required to progress the deal.”

Philip Bellshaw of CMHT commented, “As a three partner provincial solicitors’ practice we have recognised for a while the potential benefits of being part of a larger organisation to ease the ever-increasing burden of regulatory compliance, offer greater stability to our staff, an opportunity for succession planning, and – most importantly – to ensure we can continue to deliver a first-class service to our clients. We believe all of these objectives will be enabled by us joining the Star Legal group, and we look forward to our future with them with confidence and a sense of renewed purpose. Dealing with Ortus Group, who brokered the deal, has been a pleasure from start to finish, as their wealth of knowledge of such transactions has been a constant guide and reassurance throughout the process.”