Slater and Gordon firm will use Harbour’s capital to invest in developing its consumer legal services teams, and to fund a substantial book of clinical negligence and other personal injury claims, consistent with its strategy to be one of the UK’s leading provider of personal injury and related services.
Harbour is the world’s largest privately owned litigation funder. Through its increasingly close strategic relationships with law firms, Harbour has broadened its investment appetite over the last 18 months to include the provision of lending and credit facilities to law firms, supporting them in the execution of their growth plans. Unlike some traditional lenders, funds can be used for multiple purposes, which gives the leaders of multi-strategy law firms flexibility in executing projects involving multiple workstreams or multiple practice areas.
Nils Stoesser, Chief Executive Officer of Slater and Gordon, said: “The ethos of the entire Slater and Gordon team is to support our clients by delivering an exceptional service across a whole range of consumer law issues. We have been looking for a financial partner to help us capitalise on the next stages of the firm’s growth, and we are we are delighted to have Harbour’s support and confidence in our future.”
Elizabeth Comley, Chief Operating Officer of Slater and Gordon, said: “The facility we have agreed with Harbour gives us access to stable capital over several years which we can use to make substantial investment in our core consumer legal services businesses. We have big growth ambitions for our personal injury, clinical negligence, and other practice areas, where we know we have a competitive advantage. This new facility allows us to realise those ambitions, and in Harbour we’ve found a natural partner who really understand the needs and business of law firms.”
Ellora MacPherson, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Harbour, added: “Harbour is pleased to be supporting Slater and Gordon with this new credit facility. We are excited about their future growth plans as reflected by this significant investment. We look forward to our partnership together.”
Harbour has recently provided credit facilities to Bamboo Group and to Rothley Law.
A team from FRP Advisory led by Andrew Dimmock were instructed by Slater and Gordon to assist with sourcing a debt facility.