It's Wednesday, it's lunchtime – and here's another acquisition, this time in the legal publishing field…

Legal publisher Sweet & Maxwell (part of Thomson Reuters) has bought the legal book
publishing arm of Shaw & Sons, which includes more than 50 titles. The price has not been disclosed and it not known whether any staff will
move as part of the deal. As well as publishing the
Schofield's
Election Law
series, Sweet & Maxwell will also release Shaw &
Sons' directories including its
Police and Constabulary Almanac and its
guide to UK courts.


Sweet & Maxwell managing director Peter Lake said:
“Shaw’s catalogue ranges from annual directories to specialist
publications aimed principally at the legal and local government sector.
Many of these titles are very firmly established as strong and
authoritative brands and we are delighted to be adding them to our
already extensive portfolio. It is a very natural fit with our
existing business and these titles will benefit from being backed by the
resources of a company the scale of Thomson Reuters.”

Shaw & Sons is one of the oldest names in the UK legal publishing business, with its origins going back to 1750. The company was last in the news in February this year when its sold its Shaw's Forms on Disk business to the IRIS Legal group.