Liverpool law firm acquires social housing practice

MSB has acquired Widnes-based social housing practice Knox Ellis for an undisclosed fee.

The move will take the number of employees at the Liverpool law firm to 135 and it will be looking to recruit further in the coming months.

Founded by Tom Knox and Sarah Ellis, Knox Ellis acts for private registered providers of social housing and local authorities on a range of leasehold and housing management, estate and asset management, and anti-social behaviour matters.

The firm brings with them a number of key clients in the sector including Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, One Manchester and Plus Dane; as well as contracts across the North West worth a combined £750,000.

MSB is looking to increase its presence in the social housing sector and managing partner Emma Carey says the acquisition offered the “perfect fit”.

She adds: “Knox Ellis have developed a fantastic reputation acting for social landlords across the UK, but predominantly in the North of England.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Tom, Sarah and the rest of the team to the fold at MSB and I’m confident this joining of our two firms will pay huge dividends in the near future.”

Knox Ellis’s team of two in-house barristers, four solicitors and support staff will work closely with MSB’s existing commercial and property teams.

Tom Knox adds: “Sarah and I are very excited to join MSB – a firm with whom our vision and values are completely aligned.

“We will be continuing to build one of the most experienced and committed social housing teams in the North West, with the added benefit of increased resource and know-how.

“It means we can offer a complete service to registered providers to meet all of their needs. It is a hugely positive and welcome development that will present significant prospects for both our organisations.”

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