Cloud provider CTS has acquired two legal specialist MSPs, Sprout IT and City Business Solutions (CBS) in its bid to become a “legal sector powerhouse.”

Founded in 2006, CTS (formerly Converge TS) provides managed cloud, security and support to the UK and Irish legal sector. Sprout IT, which specialises in IT support, consultancy and strategic advice to the legal sector and is currently based in Temple Chambers, will give it far greater access to the Bar. It has a service partnership with the Bar Council under which it is given a preferred vendor status. City Business Solutions provides specialist IT managed services to the legal sector and both will enable CTS to scale.

“These acquisitions underline our commitment to the sector and to our mission to become a legal sector powerhouse.  What drives us is a relentless focus on the legal sector, enabling our team to deliver a level of expertise and understanding that our competitors cannot match, from which clients derive clear, transformative value. We have lots of exciting services designed for the legal sector in the pipeline, which we hope to bring to market in 2021, together with plans to further invest in our business to the benefit of our clients” said Nigel Wright, CEO of CTS.

Integration is planned for 2021, combining teams, platforms and resources under the CTS brand. We’re told that this will be managed by an experienced team, with the objective of achieving the highest quality service for law firm and barristers’ chamber clients.

In July CTS hired David Fazakerley as in-house legal chief information officer. Fazakerley was formerly CIO at MW Solicitors.