UK 200 position: 124
Ashton KCJ, which has offices throughout East Anglia, did not publish financial figures for the 2011–12 financial year as “the firm was going through a merger during this period”.
The firm is the result of a merger between Ashton Graham and Kester Cunningham John, which took effect on 1 October 2011, creating a firm with 43 partners, around 134 fee-earners and an estimated turnover of £16.8m.
As a result of the combination much of the firm’s focus since October has been internal. That said, in April 2012 management still found time to bolt-on Chambers & Co, a three-person firm that specialises in acting for franchisors
Ashton KCJ has embarked on a strategy review to look how best to make the most of its expansion. It has already restructured its finance team and brought in a former KPMG consultant to restructure its business development team.
The firm has cut some 60 staff at all levels since the merger, but has also taken on roughly 30 new staff.
Ashton KCJ splits its practices into three categories that each generate between £5m and £6m: injury services, individual client work and business law.
Overview81 Guildhall Street
Bury St Edmunds
Turnover (£m): 16.8
Total lawyers: 82