Steele Raymond advises Unicorn Training Group on acquisition of a leading legal training company

by Craig Hardman, 06 March 2018

Leading Dorset commercial solicitors Steele Raymond LLP has advised Unicorn Training Group on its acquisition of a leading legal training company.

Unicorn Training Group, whose head office is in Bournemouth continued its ambitious growth strategy with the acquisition of London-based legal training specialists Socrates Training Limited.

Socrates Training Limited, which was first established in 2003, specialises in supporting around 1000 business with specialist governance, risk and compliance training. Socrates will now use Unicorn’s award-winning learning management system Unicorn LMS to further develop its offering to clients.

An experienced legal team from leading Bournemouth commercial solicitors Steele Raymond LLP advised Unicorn Training Group, a longstanding client of the firm, with comprehensive support and advice on the acquisition of Socrates Training Limited. The transaction was led by Partner and company and commercial solicitor Craig Hardman, and Shaun Guppy from the firm’s top-tier Corporate and Commercial team who have extensive experience in acting for technology clients, as well as across a wide range of other sectors. The team worked closely with Chris Appleton and Rebecca Combes at Smith & Williamson who advised Unicorn Training Group on tactical accounting and tax aspects of the transaction.

Unicorn Training Group’s CEO, Peter Philips said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome Socrates to the Unicorn family. Given the commonality between financial services and law, the legal sector is a natural area for us to grow. We are excited about bringing this world to Socrates’ subscribers, whilst enhancing what we already offer with this new and expert specialist content”.

Craig said:“We are delighted to have supported Unicorn Training Group through a number of transactions in recent years as part of their exciting growth plans. We pride ourselves on establishing an in-depth understanding of our clients’ businesses so we were well placed to ensure a seamless and timely approach to a complex acquisition.”

Peter added: “Having worked with Craig and the Steele Raymond team on a number of transactions we have an experienced relationship that allows us to focus on moving forward with our growth plans quickly and more efficiently than ever before. Steele Raymond’s commercial advice coupled with practical guidance has been invaluable over the years in helping us move forward and is unmatched in my experience. The team from Smith & Williamson were of great assistance and their skills and experience added significantly to the deal.”

If you would like to discuss your legal options with our commercial solicitors in Bournemouth please contact Craig Hardman on 01202 294 566 or email craighardman@steeleraymond.co.uk.

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