Wildy buys Hammicks Legal Information Services

Wildy buys Hammicks Legal Information Services

Legal bookseller and supplier Wildy & Sons, one of London’s oldest booksellers, established in 1830, has acquired Hammicks Legal Information Services from the John Smith Group. 

The acquisition was said to "enable Wildy to form the foremost, independent legal content provider in the UK”.

John Sinkins, chairman of Wildy & Sons, said:  “Legal bookselling and publishing occupies a specialist niche within the industry and a specialist knowledge. Unfortunately these days, customers rarely have the time just to browse. So rather, they seek sound and unbiased advice…Online suppliers may often be competitive on price, particularity with higher education publications, but despite their multimillion-pound automated systems are unable to offer such a specialist service, particularly when it comes to subscriptions, journals, loose-leaf and supplemented titles.”

He continued: “I believe that the acknowledged reputation and skills that Hammicks bring to the enlarged company from the trade side, will dovetail well with the Wildy customer philosophy.  I hope and believe that our high level of service standards, which are frequently recognised by awards within our industry, will be of a great benefit to former Hammicks customers as we seek to consolidate our position as the leading independent supplier of law books worldwide.”