Redditch firm Medical Report Services has merged with Leeds-based medico-legal agency Ewitness to create one of the industry's largest medico- legal reports and rehabilitation services group.
Both businesses specialise in the research, sourcing and provision of impartial and professional medical reports for personal injury and road accident claims to the legal and insurance professions.
Medical Report Services, established by Alison Foxon in 1998, employs 20 staff and has a turnover of £6 million.
Ewitness, which was set up by Dr David Pearce in 2000, employs 50 staff and has a turnover of £10 million.
The merged group, which will trade as eReporting, will also include Ewitness' Redditch- based associate company Healthcare 24 and MRS' physiotherapy and rehabilitation services associate company, Remedy Matters.
EReporting Group will manage in excess of 50,000 medical reports and 12,000 rehabilitation cases a year with a combined turnover in excess of £18 million, making it one of the top three medico-legal businesses in the UK. The deal will see each of the businesses continue to trade as separate entities.
The Leeds operation will provide multi-track and specialist claim services to the group's clients, while the merged Redditch operation will focus on delivering rapid case management for fasttrack cases.
Dr Pearce and Alison Foxon will become joint chief executives of eReporting Group, with Paul Dodds, former chairman of MRS becoming chairman. The deal was managed by McInnes Corporate Finance.