JMW Acquire Niche Legal Practice Goodman Harvey


Entrepreneurial law firm JMW Solicitors LLP has strengthened its legal offering by acquiring niche Manchester based law firm Goodman Harvey LLP.

JMW will be joined by the specialist property and litigation firm, Goodman Harvey, from 1 June 2013. The firm was formed by former Halliwells and Hammonds Partner Stephen Goodman in 2004 and in 2009 Stephen was joined by former Head of Litigation at George Davies Mark Jones. The firm currently has a turnover of over £1 million and counts amongst its clients the Yearsley Group, Apollo Scientific Limited, Harley International Properties Ltd, The Topham Group, Praxis International Fiduciaries, Martin Dawes, Property Alliance Group Limited, Hollins Strategic Land LLP, Cityheart Limited, Liberty Properties plc, CTP Limited, Tushingham Moore, Stretton Estates Ltd and Pochins plc. Goodman Harvey’s Property team was also named Property Team of the Year at the inaugural Manchester Legal Awards.

Commenting on Mark Jones and Stephen Goodman’s move to JMW, Harry Yearsley Managing Director at the Yearsley Group, the Frozen Food Sales, Cold Storage and Distribution specialists, said;

“We have been working with Mark Jones as our lawyer for many years and are pleased that Goodman Harvey has merged with an ambitious and flourishing firm like JMW. We think very highly of Goodman Harvey and the work they do for us and we look forward to continuing to grow the Yearsley Group further with the help, support and legal expertise that JMW can offer.”

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Partner Stephen Goodman will be joining JMW’s commercial property team which is headed by Jim Banfi while Mark Jones along with Partner Alison Parry will be joining the commercial litigation team.

Commenting on the merger Stephen Goodman said:

“When we were first approached by another law firm, some 6 months ago, we decided that merger with a larger practise would best meet the needs of our clients now and into the future. When we met JMW we felt that they were a great fit for us. We didn’t want to join a large regional or national practise but instead wanted to join a successful entrepreneurial and ambitious firm. We are all excited to be working with their strong commercial property and commercial litigation teams. Our clients have reacted very positively to the move and have seen the advantage of being able to access the full range of legal services at JMW.

Commenting on the merger, Joy Kingsley, Senior Partner at JMW said:

“We are delighted to welcome both Stephen and Mark and their teams to JMW. They are all specialists in commercial property and litigation and will be a fantastic asset to the firm in general. While the existing clients and work will hopefully all transfer, the value to us is considerably more than the existing work, as Goodman Harvey has traditionally outsourced all other work types, particularly corporate work. We are looking forward to working together and developing relationships across the firm.”


For more information:

Samantha Meakin
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07595 277 842

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