Shoosmiths advises on acquisition of Homesitters Limited

Shoosmiths advises on acquisition of Homesitters Limited


Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has advised on the acquisition of Homesitters Limited, a market-leading provider of homesitting and petsitting services to clients throughout the UK.

Adam Dowdney

Shoosmiths' partner Adam Dowdney, together with solicitors Catherine Wigmore and Robert Pook, advised Dr Alan Irvine on the acquisition, and additional specialist legal advice was given from a range of other departments throughout the firm.

This represents the second transaction on which Shoosmiths has advised Dr Irvine this year, after advising him on the sale of the Orion Group in June 2014.

Homesitters Limited, based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was established in 1980 and prides itself on its excellent service levels in an increasingly competitive industry. It currently employs over 1,000 employees and has completed over 70,000 bookings across the UK, the vast majority of which are from repeat customers.

Adam Dowdney said: 'This is an exciting opportunity for Dr Irvine to acquire a thriving business and to further build upon its success. It was great to work with Dr Irvine again and I am delighted that our team navigated the various complexities involved to secure a favourable outcome. We wish Dr Irvine and the Homesitters group as a whole every success for the future.'

Dr Irvine said: 'Having experienced the professionalism of Adam Dowdney and the team from Shoosmiths for the sale of Orion it was an obvious decision to return to them for the acquisition of Homesitters. I was not disappointed. They fully supported me and protected my interests in the process. A big thank you to Adam, Catherine and Robert.'

Shoosmiths' corporate team has advised public and private companies, management teams, investors and debt providers right through the business life cycle. Shoosmiths works with businesses from start up and first round finance through to mergers and acquisitions, MBO and MBI transactions, development funding and on exits, by way of sale, listing or private equity investment.

Shoosmiths was recently ranked top by deal volume in the South East in Experian's 2014 UK Deal Review and Advisor League Table, and second nationally.