Shaw Gibbs has announced the successful acquisition of Harmer Slater Limited, an established accountancy practice with two offices in Greater London.

The acquisition brings a wealth of experience to Shaw Gibbs, enriching the capabilities and the geographic reach of the group and further enabling them to provide clients and referral communities with exceptional advice.

Commenting on this, Harmer Slater partner and co-founder, Tim Slater, said: “We have been considering our options for the succession of Harmer Slater over the past few years.

“We wanted to secure the future of the firm by forming an alliance with a practice who could provide benefit to our clients and create new opportunities for our talented teams. Shaw Gibbs stood out as the best fit for us as they aligned to Harmer Slater in their pragmatism and people-centred approach.”

Shaw Gibbs managing director, Peter O’Connell, added: “We are delighted to welcome Harmer Slater to the Shaw Gibbs family.”

“This acquisition builds on our long-term vision of strengthening our position as a leading player in the accountancy industry. The addition of two new offices to our group not only extends our footprint but also allows us to provide an even broader range of services to our clients.”

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This acquisition comes at a time when Shaw Gibbs is actively seeking opportunities to enhance its capabilities and broaden its reach. The move reflects the group’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the employees and client base.

This acquisition is the fifth that Shaw Gibbs have made in 2023, resulting in a 290 person-strong practice based over eight offices located in: Oxford, Basingstoke, Farnham, London, Northampton, Sutton, Teddington and Woking.

The integration process is already underway, and both Shaw Gibbs and Harmer Slater are working closely to ensure a smooth transition for clients and employees. The combined strength of the two firms is poised to drive innovation, foster growth, and deliver exceptional value to clients across the expanded group.