Gordon Dadds Group plc has adopted a business model which is focused on consolidation and expansion into complementary businesses to its core legal services business.
As well as providing legal services, the Gordon Dadds Group provides accounting, financial services, consulting and pensions advice to clients.
Our broad reach enables us to add real value and create opportunities for our clients by making connections between them and our extensive network of contacts and experts.
Acquired firms are either consolidated under the Ince Gordon Dadds brand or continue to operate under their own brands.
Gordon Dadds LLP has expanded revenues at a compound annual growth rate of over 60 per cent since 2013
The UK legal services market is poised for increasing consolidation, especially in the Company’s target market pool of £6.6bn of annual revenue – consisting of UK and international firms with annual revenues in the range of £2 million to £100million with an increasing focus on those firms with annual revenues in excess of £10million
Gordon Dadds has a purpose built, sophisticated and fully integrated technology platform based in Cardiff, which is ready to incorporate future acquisitions
Gordon Dadds’ strong management team has already successfully integrated 14 firms onto this cost-efficient platform
The Gordon Dadds model offers a number of advantages to target firms:
Partners are not required to borrow to fund capital contributions and capital is built up over time out of profit share;
Each partner receives as their profit share a percentage of his or her personal billings, allowing partners to achieve a significant uplift to what he or she might achieve in a traditional partnership practice;
The Gordon Dadds model, with its clear division between management and back office on the one hand, and client acquisition and servicing on the other, allows partners to devote time to their respective practice areas; and
Gordon Dadds Group plc’s corporate structure enables future partners to acquire and retain an enduring investment in the business through equity ownership.
Gordon Dadds LLP has been operating in this way since 2013, successfully integrating firms into its cost efficient platform.
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Alen-Buckley Solicitors, is an established and modern law practice with offices in Wandsworth. The firm specialises in property and probate work and is led by Oonagh Alen-Buckley who originally founded the firm in 1983.
CW Energy LLP is a leading independent corporate tax consultancy to the oil and gas industry in the UK. The firm operates out of offices in Cannon Street, City of London and provide a timely, technically excellent, commercially focussed service. Having built up expertise and client base over the years, CW Energy is the first choice for companies wanting independent, practical and commercially relevant tax advice. Led by Phil Greatrex.
eLegal Technology Solutions was formed in 2015 primarily to develop technology solutions for the legal and professional services market, based around compliance and Susskind driven automation principles and is led by Philip Learmont.
Ince Gordon Dadds LLP is one of the UK’s most future-focused international law firms, with a growing global footprint. Since 2013 the firm has expanded from a highly regarded but modestly sized practice to become one of the UK’s most ambitious full-service firms, with fee-earners specialising in every major area of law under the leadership of Managing Partner Adrian Biles.
GD Financial Markets was founded by three ex Big Four management consultants in 2016. The firm offers business consulting, resource augmentation and managed services. Dealing with some industry and client challenges which are too complicated for any single service provider to solve, the team combine their strategic partners’ technology capability with their own consulting methodology and act as solution integrators. Led by Paul Saunders.
Hanover Pensions and The Hanover Trustee Company are firms of consulting actuaries, employee benefit advisers and pension scheme administrators located in Agar Street, London and led by Robert Young.
Hanover Financial Management provides investment advice and ongoing investment management which is tailored to clients’ long term financial goals and is led by Richard Brazier.
Metcalfes Solicitors is a general practice solicitors based in Bristol. Its largest areas of practice include clinical negligence, property, personal injury, private client, family and dispute resolution for high-net-worth-individuals and corporate clients. In January 2018 Metcalfes acquired the goodwill and certain assets of Burroughs Day which was another Bristol solicitors firm with a similar business mix. The firm is led by Anthony Heath.
Michael Kelly & Co, part of Gordon Dadds LLP, is a well-known conveyancing firm based in Hanham, Bristol and is led by Sue Morris.
White & Black is a law firm specialising in technology and corporate law, and related intellectual property and dispute aspects. It has a substantial international client base, with a particularly strong presence in the Far East, comprising mainly corporate, private equity and investment clients. The firm operates in both London and Oxfordshire under the leadership of Phil Riman.
The Company was incorporated and registered in England and Wales on 31 March 1999 under the Companies Act 1985 with registration number 3744673.
The principal legislation under which the Company currently operates, and under which its securities were created, is the Companies Act 2006 and the regulations made thereunder. The Company is domiciled in the UK and the main country of operation is the UK.
See Board of Directors for details about the Board of Gordon Dadds Group plc.
Details of key senior management personnel in Gordon Dadds LLP are set out below:
Adrian qualified as a solicitor at a large City law firm in the early 1990s. He left to go into business in 1994, since when he has been involved in private equity transactions across a number of business sectors, including insurance broking and underwriting, retail motor distribution and property development. Adrian has a record over 25 years of creating significant value for shareholders. He founded ACR Solicitors LLP in 2007 and was responsible for merging the original legal practice of Gordon Dadds into Gordon Dadds LLP in 2013 when he became managing partner and has since overseen the expansion of Gordon Dadds by a combination of acquisitions and organic growth from a £2.7 million turnover business in 2013 to a £31 million turnover business in 2018 and a current run rate of over £40million.
Christopher is a chartered accountant who has been actively involved in corporate finance for over 30 years. Christopher qualified with Touche Ross & Co. (now part of Deloitte) in 1978 and from 1983 spent nearly 20 years with Credit Lyonnais Securities. He has since been involved with Corporate Finance Partners Limited and has previously been a director of two AIM companies, Pires Investments plc and Kazera Global. Christopher chaired the QCA Corporate Governance Committee from 2001 to 2005 and joined Gordon Dadds in 2013.
John graduated with an honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Wales and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a predecessor firm of Touche Ross (now Deloitte) where he subsequently became a partner. John has also been involved as an investor and director in a number of companies in the insurance broking and underwriting sectors in particular in the UK and US.
Alex qualified as a solicitor 20 years ago. Prior to joining the original Gordon Dadds in 2013 Alex was senior counsel at BDO LLP with responsibility for advising in relation to risk control, contract and project management. Alex advises Gordon Dadds’ clients on a wide range of regulatory issues in the gaming, accountancy, legal and property sectors in particular. He is also the firm’s HOLP with primary responsibility for advising the firm’s lawyers on regulatory and compliance matters and ensuring the firm’s compliance with the SRA Rules.
Roger is the firm’s senior partner having been senior partner of the original Gordon Dadds prior to its merger with Gordon Dadds LLP in 2013. He is a qualified solicitor of 45 years experience and specialises in private client and charity law. As senior partner his role is to lead by example and he is also the firm’s nominated partner for handling complaints made against members of the firm.
John qualified as a solicitor 40 years ago and specialises in all areas of family law. He has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Davenport Lyons in 2014. John also serves as head of the firm’s family and private client department with responsibility for the day to day management of the department’s fee earners and support staff.
Alon qualified as a solicitor 29 years ago and specialises in corporate finance. He has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Davenport Lyons in 2014. Alon also serves as head of the firm’s corporate department with responsibility for the day to day management of the department’s fee earners and support staff.
Nick qualified as a solicitor 30 years ago and specialises in dispute resolution. He has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Davenport Lyons in 2014. Nick also serves as head of the firm’s dispute resolution department with responsibility for the day to day management of the department’s fee earners and support staff.
Laura qualified as a solicitor 23 years ago and specialises in employment law. She has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Davenport Lyons in 2014. Laura also serves as head of the firm’s employment department with responsibility for the day to day management of the department’s fee earners and support staff.
Justin qualified as a solicitor 22 years ago and specialises in real estate law. He has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Harris Cartier in 2013. Justin also serves as head of the firm’s real estate department with responsibility for the day to day management of the department’s fee earners and support staff.
Philip qualified as a solicitor over 20 years ago and specialises in criminal litigation, licensing and regulatory solutions. He has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Davenport Lyons in 2014. Philip also serves as head of the firm’s regulatory solutions department with responsibility for the day to day management of the department’s fee earners and support staff.
Huw qualified as a solicitor 32 years ago and specialises in tax law. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Huw has over 20 years experience as a tax partner and was head of tax at Richards Butler and more recently at Fladgate before joining Gordon Dadds LLP as a partner in 2015. Huw is head of the firm’s tax department with responsibility for its day to day management.
Nicholas qualified as a solicitor 37 years ago and specialises in dispute resolution. He has been with Gordon Dadds LLP since its acquisition of Davenport Lyons in 2014. In addition to his role as a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice area Nicholas is also the firm’s Head of Practice Finance with primary responsibility for credit control, debt recovery and prudent financial management.
Simon is a qualified solicitor of 24 years’ experience. Upon qualification he worked for Braby and Waller Solicitors, undertaking debt recovery and insolvency work. He also built an insurance practice and founded Cost Auditing Limited which was sold to Capita Plc in 2002 (now called Cost Advocates Limited). He was Managing Director until 2007, reporting to the Executive Board.