Capita steps into legal market through planned Optima acquisition
Capita is to enter into the legal market through the acquisition of volume outfit Optima Legal Services, three years after the SRA ordered the firm to sever its relationship with the outsourcing giant.
The SRA is yet to approve the planned deal and an ABS application was filed on Friday. As part of the deal Capita will also acquire Optima subsidiary Cost Advocates.
Under the plans staff from Optima’s offices in Glasgow, Bradford and Newcastle will transfer to Capita Legal Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capita.
The combined entity will be home to a 600 person strong legal services team, with 150 legally qualified personnel and 50 solicitors.