For Businesses & Organisations Optical Sector

We have over 30 years' experience of working with businesses across the optical sector, including assisting with sales, acquisitions, franchise arrangements, investments, partnerships and shareholders’ agreements.

Trusted business advisers to the optical sector

Today, the optical sector is worth billions of pounds globally, with millions benefitting from the continual medical and scientific advances being made in the profession. That being said, the sector is facing extraordinary challenges, not least as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, we are seeing a trend of consolidation in the industry develop and take hold in Scotland.

MacRoberts’ considerable experience across the optical sector, and knowledge of the unique challenges businesses face, make us the ideal corporate partner for you.

Award-winning legal advice

Our award-winning Corporate Finance team regularly advises businesses acquiring optometry businesses across Scotland. We understand how consolidators operate and where we can negotiate the best deal possible. Our lawyers are solutions-driven with a focus on getting the deal done on schedule.

As a full-service law firm, we regularly advise optometry businesses in relation to buying and selling practices, general corporate governance and secretarial matters, data protection law, corporate structuring and incorporation of practices, employment issues, succession planning and regulatory matters.

Our recent experience & expertise in the optical sector includes:

Mackie

Assisted the sellers in the sale of shares in Mackie Specstore Limited and Mackie Eyecare Limited. Our clients sold 50% of the shares in each entity and entered into a joint venture shareholder agreement with the purchaser, the Hakim Group, which owns over 300 opticians across the UK.

Black & Lizars

Acted for Black & Lizars Limited, one of Scotland’s most renowned optometrists and audiology service specialists, in relation to the sale of 10 selected branches to optical and hearing service provider Duncan and Todd Limited

Optician Branches

We assisted in the purchase of optician branches in Peterhead, Turiff and Banchory

Brian Michie Opticians

Advised Brian Michie Opticians on corporate and property aspects in relation to the purchases of optometrist units in Motherwell and Airdrie from Black & Lizars Limited.

Kerry Taher

Acted for Kerry Taher in the purchase of optician businesses in Bridge of Weir (owned by New Vision Opticians Limited) and Greenock (owned by Black & Lizars) Limited.

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Our Awards & Accreditations

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • In 2016, we became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become Living Wage accredited employers.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

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