The Simplify Group, the legal services group backed by Palamon Capital Partners, announces the acquisition of Evident Legal Limited, a leading provider of online legal solutions.
Through its cloud-based/SaaS platform, Evident allows people to deal with legal issues for themselves online, more quickly, and economically. Evident operates exclusively online via the website www.simplifythelaw.co.uk, offering businesses and consumers the ability to draft their own legal documents and get the information and support they need to address their legal needs. The platform is also white-labelled by law firms (including several Top 50) and by in-house legal teams.
Having invested in QualitySolicitors in 2011, Palamon announced in July 2014 its acquisition of a majority interest in the newly created Simplify Group, made up of leading conveyancing brands Move with Us and DC Law, probate specialist Chorus Law as well as the UK’s largest branded network of solicitor firms, QualitySolicitors.
The Simplify Group’s mission is to “change legal services for good” by creating the UK’s most successful large-scale legal services organisation with customers at its heart. The group believes that technology will play a central role in achieving this vision. Evident’s strong technology focus will bring a growing digital business into the group as well as providing a leading edge platform which will be used to further enhance the technical capability of the companies already within the group.
Evident Legal founders, Jonathan Brewer and Jean-Paul Camelbeek will take up senior roles within The Simplify Group and will be focussed on growing the Evident business as well as leading the development of the Simplify Group digital and online strategy.
David Grossman, CEO The Simplify Group said: “There is huge potential in developing the businesses within The Simplify Group to deliver first class legal services which have customer experience and satisfaction at their core. Evident Legal is an exciting digital business with rich content and a technology platform that will play a central role in the future success of the group.”
Jonathan Brewer, CEO Evident Legal said: “Our ambition is to Simplify the Law by making legal services fast, efficient and clear. With our technology and content and the resources, customer base and channel of The Simplify Group, we believe we can achieve that ambition even more quickly. This deal represents a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.”