The standout performer from this year’s second 25 is once again Mishcon de Reya which, along with Macfarlanes, has been the pace setter in this peer group over the last five years. The firm has come a long way since it first made its debut into the top 50 four years ago in 2012. Over five years, revenue has climbed more than 100% from £65m.
Mishcon revealed robust profits for the 2015/16 financial year, with profit per equity partner (PEP) up 11% to £1m as global revenue grew to £132.7m from £116.7m, an increase of 14%. The firm did, however, this year downsize its Manhattan practice to focus on IP. As such, New York revenue came in at £4.8m, a considerable drop given the business in recent years generated upwards of £13m.
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‘We want to be a top 50 law firm. We have the trappings, but we’re not quite there yet.’ So said TLT managing partner David Pester to Legal Business three years ago. This year that ambition has been realised, with the Bristol-based law firm entering the top 50 for the first time.
TLT continued its strong growth trajectory in 2015/16, posting a 15% increase in turnover to £71.6m while profit per equity partner (PEP) was up 10% to £253,000. Overall, the firm has grown in turnover 65% from £43.3m over the last five years, particularly impressive considering the firm’s place in the squeezed national mid-market.
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National player Bond Dickinson had a disappointing year financially, with turnover down 3% to £104m, while profit per equity partner (PEP) has also dropped 3% to £275,000, a stark contrast to the firm’s performance in last year’s Legal Business 100, where PEP soared 26% to £284,000 and turnover climbed 8% to £107m. Blaming the results on a harder mid-market and significant IT investment, managing partner Jonathan Blair says that despite the tougher conditions, real estate, private client and transport all performed particularly well.
‘Real estate was strong for us – on the operational property side, on the investor side, on the house building side,’ he says. ‘Private wealth has always been an area for us that has been very reliable. It seems to be able to withstand the vagaries you get in litigation, which tends to be counter cyclical, or M&A activity or any transactional activity. Private wealth is always pretty strong – we have grown that and worked hard on it.’
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Irwin Mitchell has posted a disappointing profit result after last year’s merger with Thomas Eggar, with profit down by more than 25%.
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Following the trend of an altogether tougher year for the UK mid-market, national player Bond Dickinson has seen both its turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP) dip by 3% for the financial year 2015/16.
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Scottish stalwart Burness Paull has blamed Brexit for mixed financial results, announcing a 7% drop in profits per equity partner (PEP) from £480,000 to £449,000, while turnover is up a moderate 4% to £53.3m from £51.3m. Net profit was £22.6m, down 3% from £23.4m.
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DWF has posted mixed results this financial year, with global top-line revenue down 2% to £187.1m from £191m, while profit per equity partner (PEP) is up 2% to £331,000 from £325,000. This is a better performance than last year when the firm’s PEP dropped 16%.
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Top 50 Legal Business 100 firms Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) and Trowers & Hamlins have posted mixed results this reporting season, with the former recording a 21% rise in profit per equity partner (PEP) and the latter seeing partner profits fall 7%.
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AIM-listed law firm Gateley has posted a double digit increase in revenues for this financial year, with turnover up 10.2% from £60.9m to £67.1m.
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The headline numbers from this year’s Global 100 report do not make upbeat reading, even before the Brexit effect and resulting vote began to chill the market in Europe.
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