Uniting Tech: Nasstar aids acquisition for Jackson Lees Group
In news / By Lydia Cooper / 05 September 2017
Mergers and acquisitions are popular with SME law firms as a means to grow and attain competitive advantage. The Jackson Canter Group, for example, acquired Lees Solicitors in 2016 to expand geographically and grow its legal offering – helping Lees to buttress working capital requirements and benefit from the advantages of scale.
Joanna Kingston-Davies, COO at recently-rebranded Liverpool-based Jackson Lees Group (formerly CEO at Lees Solicitors), says: “The acquisition was an excellent move for both sides, giving us geographical coverage, worksites, infrastructure and employee engagement strategies we didn’t previously have.”
But IT was a key consideration for both firms during the transition – and is often a major challenge for firms scaling rapidly through M&A. Kingston-Davies says: “Both businesses needed to foster unity among staff and departments across offices in different areas of the region used to using different IT systems and processes after the transition, and had to consider the cost and time it would take to expand the infrastructure.”
Fortunately, she adds, Lees Solicitors had a hosted IT infrastructure with managed-IT provider Nasstar, which was reversed into Jackson Lees over a nine month period.
“Having an outsourced, cloud-based infrastructure made the process of expanding and unifying IT easier than if would have been if we’d had on-site servers. Systems were expanded quickly across the newly unified business to foster faster collaboration and information sharing.”
She adds that Jackson Canter also recognised the benefits of having a managed infrastructure and were keen to follow Lees’ example.