Legal Business

Half-year financial results point to relative revival at leading UK firms

Cyclical departments increasing contribution to bottom line

As an analytical tool half-year figures may be superficial but as a litmus test of performance they show, on the basis of the figures released by LB100 firms so far, that 2013/14 will be a much improved and more benign year.

Firms including Allen & Overy (A&O), Clyde & Co and Simmons & Simmons have disclosed increases in revenue, with signs that cyclical departments such as finance and real estate are beginning to increase their contribution to the bottom line again.