Transaction

Clearwater advised Forensic Testing Service on its sale to Forensic Access

Transaction

Forensic Testing Service sold to Forensic Access Group backed by Limerston Capital Partners

Sell-side

Undisclosed

Role

Adviser to Forensic Testing Service on its sale to Forensic Access

Sector

Business Services
Healthcare

Region

United Kingdom

Clearwater has advised Forensic Testing Service (FTS), a leading provider of drug, alcohol and DNA testing services designed specifically for family law and childcare proceedings, on its sale to Forensic Access, a UK-based provider of analytical services to the legal, policing and clinical sectors and a portfolio company of Limerston Capital Partners (Limerston).

Founded in 2009 and located in West Yorkshire, FTS provides a specialist level of forensic investigation, testing and reporting in child protection cases where drugs and alcohol are a contributing factor. Using its own accredited lab, the business has pioneered a unique model of best practice supported by data-driven processes that have revolutionised the testing process.

Established in 1986, Forensic Access was set up to ensure that legal defense teams could access the same level of forensic science expertise as their counterparts in prosecution. Today the business is widely recognised as a market leader providing a breadth of forensic science services.

Both businesses offer complimentary services, technical skills and accreditations. The transaction will provide the opportunity to increase capacity and expertise for Forensic Access’s existing toxicology business as well as expand and diversify the Group’s client base.

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Since our investment in Forensic Access in 2020 the company has followed a fantastic acquisitive strategy working with Limerston’s in-house team of operating partners. FTS is the fifth bolt-on investment and puts Forensic Access well on its way to achieving its growth targets.

Victoria Wood, Operating Partner, Limerston Capital
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We are delighted to enter this new chapter of growth and innovation as Forensic Testing Service joins forces with Forensic Access. This acquisition presents a significant opportunity to align with a leading UK provider of forensic and analytical services. We take immense pride in our achievements and the strides made in the family legal sector since 2009. Our success is a result of the dedication and efforts of our incredible staff. This moment is both exciting and transformative, as we anticipate a future filled with fresh opportunities. We eagerly anticipate combining our strengths and expertise to provide enhanced value to our clients and the wider forensic community.

Paul Hunter, Managing Director, Forensic Testing Service

It was a pleasure advising FTS in this transaction, where we have found a complimentary partner through Forensic Access. As a combined business they will be able to enhance their existing services and reputation within the market. We are delighted to have worked with Paul and the rest of the team to achieve this outcome and wish them all the best in the future.

Richard Goldsack, Partner, Clearwater

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