Simplify acquires Cook Taylor Woodhouse

Jessica Bird

June 26, 2020

David Grossman simplify

Conveyancing and property services group Simplify has acquired conveyancer Cook Taylor Woodhouse Solicitors (CTW). 

This forms part of Simplify’s ongoing growth strategy, strengthening its presence in London and the South East.

The acquisition comes a year on from Simplify’s creation; its stable of businesses so far include conveyancing firms Advantage Property Lawyers, DC Law, JS Law and Premier Property Lawyers, conveyancing panel management and property services specialist Move with Us, My Home Move and the QualitySolicitors brand and marketing network.

The acquisition of CTW confirms Simplify’s position as the largest conveyancing group in Greater London by transaction volumes.

David Grossman (pictured), CEO of Simplify, said: “The strategic acquisition of CTW adds further strength to Simplify’s market leading group.

“We acquired CTW because of its excellent reputation, strong team and scale in London and the South East, which will complement Simplify’s own strengths.

“In a turbulent time for the housing market, it is great to be able to look forward and continue delivering our plans for growth and to further strengthen our position as the undisputed number one in UK conveyancing.

“Over the past year we have demonstrated our ability to successfully deploy our award winning technology across multiple conveyancing firms in the group and expand the reach of our market leading eWay digital platform.

“While we continue to grow all parts of the group organically, we will also explore other opportunities to add further strength to the group through further acquisitions”

Martin Bowers, who will continue in his capacity as director of CTW, added: “We are delighted to have joined Simplify, a move that will help fuel CTW’s continued growth in London and the South East.

“I have great respect for Simplify and its innovative and customer-focused approach to conveyancing.

“CTW will have an exciting and prosperous future within Simplify, benefitting from the scale of the group’s operations and the exceptional technology platforms that Simplify has built for its clients and Introducers.”

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