Sweet & Maxwell buys legal arm of Shaw & Sons

<p>Legal publisher Sweet &amp; Maxwell has bought the legal book publishing arm of Shaw &amp; Sons, which includes more than 50 titles. It is not known how much Sweet &amp; Maxwell, a company owned by media business Thomson Reuters, paid for the list or whether any staff will move as part of the deal.</p><p>As well as publishing the Schofield&#39;s Election Law series, Sweet &amp; Maxwell will also release Shaw &amp; Sons&#39; directories including its Police and Constabulary Almanac and its guide to UK courts.</p><p>Peter Lake, Sweet &amp; Maxwell&#39;s m.d., said: &quot;Shaw&rsquo;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.</p><p>&quot;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.&quot;</p><p>Shaw &amp; Sons director Crispin Williams said: &quot;Like us, Sweet &amp; Maxwell have over 200 years of authoritative information publishing behind them. We are very happy that our titles have found a new home there.&quot;<br /></p>