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12:00 AM 8th July 2024

Ison Harrison Expands With Strategic Acquisition Of Cohen Cramer Solicitors

(L-R)  Mike Massen, David Hall, Emma Mason, Jonathan Wearing, John Goodwin and Richard Coulthard.
(L-R) Mike Massen, David Hall, Emma Mason, Jonathan Wearing, John Goodwin and Richard Coulthard.
Yorkshire law firm Ison Harrison has acquired Cohen Cramer Solicitors, a Leeds-based firm with a national clientele. This strategic move underscores Ison Harrison’s commitment to growth, excellence, and its unique value of being an employee-owned business.

Cohen Cramer has a rich history, with roots dating back to 1980 when Howard Cohen & Co was established. In 2009, the business merged with Cramer Richards, forming Cohen Cramer. Since then, it has built a reputation for specialising in personal injury, regulatory and criminal law, as well as animal related cases, family law, dispute resolution and legal costs.

With a dedicated team of four directors and 27 employees, the firm achieved an impressive turnover exceeding £3 million last year.

This acquisition significantly enhances Ison Harrison’s footprint in the region, bringing the total number of staff to over 300 and solidifying its position as a regional powerhouse with 20 offices across Yorkshire.

Jonathan Wearing, Managing Director of Ison Harrison, said:
“This acquisition is a testament to our ongoing commitment to providing exceptional and accessible legal services across Yorkshire. By linking up with Cohen Cramer’s specialist lawyers, we are not only expanding our team but also enhancing our ability to serve our clients with a broader and more robust range of legal services.

“Cohen Cramer’s strengths in regulatory and criminal law perfectly complement our existing capabilities, and their focus on military and animal-related injury claims will significantly enhance our personal injury practice. We are stronger and more versatile than ever before.”

In 2022, Ison Harrison transitioned to become a 100% employee-owned business, a pioneering move that underscored the firm’s progressive values and commitment to its employees. The new structure has fuelled further dynamic growth, with substantial client expansion and the opening of four new offices since becoming employee-owned.

“Our employee-owned model is a key driver of our success,” added Wearing. “It ensures that every member of our team is invested in the firm’s success, fostering a culture of commitment and excellence that directly benefits our clients.”

Emma Mason, Managing Director of Cohen Cramer, shared her excitement about the merger:
“Joining forces with Ison Harrison is an incredible opportunity for us. The firm’s strong reputation and extensive regional presence will enhance our ability to deliver outstanding service to our clients. We are proud to become part of an innovative, employee-owned firm that shares our passion for client-centred legal practice. We are a great fit.”

With the integration of Cohen Cramer, Ison Harrison now boasts a team of 300 employees across Yorkshire, providing the widest array of legal services in the region.

The firm has over 11 Law Society accreditations including Lexcel, Clinical Negligence, Family Law, Children Law, Immigration & Asylum, Conveyancing Quality and SRA Higher Courts Rights – civil and criminal.