Wakefield law firm Beaumont Legal has been acquired by US legal brand LegalZoom - which is looking to launch in the UK next year.
The acquisition of the firm by LegalZoom - the most recognised US legal brand - is expected to be completed by the end of the year subject to regulatory approval. LegalZoom UK would then launch in 2016.
Craig Holt, chief executive at LegalZoom UK, said: “We’re building a unique next generation law firm, from the ground up, with a singular, relentless purpose: to best meet the needs of consumers and businesses in the modern era. This requires the perfect blend of technology, lawyers, and other expertise, and Beaumont Legal is an important piece of that jigsaw.”
Beaumont Legal, at Paragon Business Village, currently offers a range of legal services to individuals and businesses and, in recent years, has grown to be one of the UK’s leading providers of conveyancing. The move will enable the business - which already employs 160 people including four partners - to start a new recruitment drive.
Nick Masheder, managing partner, said: “This is an unparalleled opportunity to join with the most innovative, well-known legal brand in the world.”