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AGCL helps to facilitate merger between two Opticians

Adam Gilbert    |    November 7, 2023

Two Nottinghamshire optician businesses have joined forces after Lesley Cree Opticians merged with Amanda Findlay Eyecare.

Founded in 2012, Lesley Cree Opticians is a family run independent opticians based in Radcliffe on Trent and was recognised as the Association of Optometrists (AOP) “National Young Practice of the Year”.

Amanda Findlay Eyecare, founded in 2007, has been delivering personalised eyecare services through two practices located in the villages of Keyworth and Ruddington.

Under this new partnership, both entities will operate under the same directorship of Lesley and Ben Cree. Amanda Findlay, while stepping back from ownership responsibilities, will maintain her clinical role as the lead Optometrist.

Legal advice was provided to Lesley Cree Opticians by Adam Gilbert from AG Corporate Law (AGCL).

Commenting on AGCL’s involvement in the deal, Adam said “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to facilitate the merger of two highly respected businesses, both known for their excellent patient care and shared values.”

The enlarged eyecare business practice will now have around 20,000 patients and have capacity to carry out well over 100 eye tests per week which will enable local people to access local services from an independent company.

In response to the merger, Lesley Cree from Lesley Cree Opticians said, “We have recently been saying that we have just about achieved our growth goals at Radcliffe, so when this opportunity arose, we were surprised but felt ready to take on another challenge!”

Amanda Findlay added “When I decided to take a step back my natural choice was Lesley Cree Opticians as I knew they shared similar principles and values and that our patients would continue to receive a personal and very caring service.”

Ben Cree also commented, “We anticipate a seamless merger given our shared principles and values. Our aim is to combine the ‘best bits’ from each practice to provide an even more enriched experience for patients in Radcliffe, Keyworth, and Ruddington. As well as eye care, patients will now be able to access a wider choice of frames, and additional services such as hearing tests, earwax removal, and an Optos eye scanner which is based in Radcliffe.”

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Adam Gilbert

With a track record of over 50 deals completed in 2022, valued at over £130m, Adam has proven himself as a leading lawyer in the region. His clients and referrers in the Legal 500 have provided glowing testimonials, describing him as “very knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of areas” and “the number 1 pick in the region to work with” for company sales, MBO’s, and restructures.

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