Baker McKenzie‘s London office has seen its revenue jump by more than 20% in the firm’s LLP accounts, with turnover up to £176m in 2016 from £145.2m the previous year. Continue reading “Baker McKenzie sees London revenue up to £176m as profits leap”
While the firm has been the subject of media scrutiny as it refocuses its US business, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has enjoyed solid growth in its London office with turnover up to $44.9m, Legal Business can reveal. Continue reading “Cadwalader London office turnover nears $45m as firm quadruples City practice in four years”
Debevoise & Plimpton posted a 3% drop in global revenue to $735m as profits per partner also slumped by 8% to $2.4m. The New York-headquartered firm lost $21.2m from its top line in 2016, after growing revenue by $41.6m last year. Continue reading “‘Consolidating growth’: Debevoise posts global revenue and profit drop”
US firms sustain City growth as White & Case posts 4% London revenue bump and Cooley turnover hits $47m
White & Case‘s London office saw a 4% increase in revenue sitting at around $290m while Cooley reached $47m two years after opening in the City. Continue reading “US firms sustain City growth as White & Case posts 4% London revenue bump and Cooley turnover hits $47m”
AIM-listed Gateley has seen revenues jump significantly for the six months to 31 October 2016, up 19% from £29.6m to £35.2m. Gateley saw turnover improve 11% in the same period last year. Continue reading “‘Deals are being done’: AIM-listed Gateley’s half-year revenues soar 19% to £35.2m”
Irwin Mitchell‘s first LLP accounts since the acquisition of Thomas Eggar in December last year show the firm’s profit on ordinary activities has dropped by 59% to £8.4m from £20.6m.
Revenue at PwC Legal has soared this financial year, from £48.5m to £59.9m, an increase of 25%. Led by senior partner Shirley Brookes, the legal arm of the accounting giant has also posted net income of £11m. Of the total revenue, £56m of that is UK fee income.
The headline isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. Judging our annual Legal Business 100 (LB100) results, the industry has done better than expected overall, at least compared to 2015, when the group barely achieved growth despite a relative rebound in the UK and global economy.
Had merger talks earlier this year with Miami-based Global 100 firm, Greenberg Traurig, been successful, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) would now be part of a £1.1bn firm and a £5m fall in revenue would look like a drop in the ocean. As it is, BLP’s strategy is under scrutiny again with its recent revival looking short-lived.
Revenue fell 2% at BLP in 2015/16 to £254m, while profit per equity partner (PEP) was more positive with 4% growth to £687,000. This is in sharp contrast to the rapid growth of the previous financial year, when revenue rose 5% to hit a record £259m and PEP surged 22% to £661,000. Continue reading “Case study: Berwin Leighton Paisner”
By some margin the strongest-performing Magic Circle firm for the 2015/16 year, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer posted 7% revenue growth from £1.245bn to £1.327bn and an 8% profit per equity partner (PEP) hike to £1.47m from £1.37m.
This performance is particularly impressive after a year of investment. The firm pushed hard on the development of its legal services hub in 2015, gaining the lease to its Manchester office in July last year. Rapidly scaled up, Freshfields’ Manchester staff will move into new premises double the size of the current office from early 2017, accommodating legal services staff as well as human resources, IT, marketing and business development, office management, document specialists and change management. Plans are already underway to open a second legal services hub in either the US or Canada to offer a 24-hour service to clients. Continue reading “Case study: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer”