City advisers in multimillion deal

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Lawyers and business advisers from Sheffield have advised on the multimillion pound takeover of a Midlands-based vehicle repair claims manager by an outsourcing group from Hampshire.

Irwin Mitchell and Grant Thornton advised Crash-worth on its £11.75 million acquisition by The Innovation Group.

Andrea Cropley, partner and head of North of England corporate operations for national law firm Irwin Mitchell, led the five-strong team, including fellow corporate lawyers James Foster and Ian Chambers, tax specialist Alex Barnes and employment expert Liesel Whitfield.

Grant Thornton’s Sheffield-based tax director for Yorkshire, Krista Fox, and senior private client tax manager Suzy Harris- Milnes provided tax advice

Andrea Cropley said: “Crash-worth is a valuable addition for The Innovation Group and puts it in a very strong position in the UK’s motor claims management market.

“We are delighted to have advised on this deal and wish the new and enlarged group a successful future.”