Curtis Marine Insurance Acquisition by Howden Group


Bright Solicitors | 31st August 2023

We’re delighted to share that Bright Solicitors has played a part in the recent acquisition of Curtis Marine Insurance by the Howden Group.

In an exciting development, Plymouth-based marine insurance broker Curtis Marine has been successfully acquired by the Howden Group. This move integrates Curtis Marine into the Howden Group’s expanding marine practice. Curtis Marine will join Euromarine, A-Plan Marine and Howden Fastnet to collectively form part of Haven Knox-Johnston, the UK’s leading marine insurance provider.

Bright Solicitors were pleased to contribute legal support during the transition. Our team were instructed by the old owners, Aidan and Sally, to act on the sale, which included preparing and advising on complex sale and purchase agreements and ensuring compliance throughout – essential elements in helping the deal progress smoothly.

As a firm, we pride ourselves on facilitating positive outcomes for businesses of all sizes, and this partnership with Curtis Marine and the Howden Group supports that commitment. Bright Solicitors are committed to assisting businesses both locally and nationally, and we look forward to more opportunities for collaboration in the future.

Matt Cook, Partner and Head of Commercial Services at Bright Solicitors:

“It was a pleasure to work with Aidan, Sally and the other professionals engaged on the matter including Michelle from Batterbee Thompson and Sean McQuitty of First Peninsula, and procure a successful transaction for the clients and a smooth handing over of their family business for future growth”.

Aidan Mepsted, Commercial Director at Curtis Marine Insurance:

“We are very pleased we selected Bright Solicitors to act on our behalf. Matt and his team guided and supported us in a friendly and professional manner throughout the process. They were always on hand, advising us and keeping us updated every step of the way, resulting in a great outcome for the business and its future development.”

As a local marine insurance provider with a history spanning four decades, Curtis Marine has been a steadfast presence in the South West region. The acquisition by the Howden Group offers new growth prospects for Curtis Marine, aligning its customer-centric approach with the Howden Group’s values and expertise.

For more information about our Commercial team and the services they offer, please visit our Commercial Page, or contact a member of our team on 01752 388883.