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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
It’s Isambard Kingdom Brunel who’s credited with linking the West Country and London, but it seems law firms are trying to outdo the old engineer.
Simmons & Simmons has become the latest City firm to plan a Bristol launch in a move aimed at achieving more efficient ways of working.
London and national rivals have beaten Simmons to it: Irwin Mitchell and CMS Cameron McKenna have already capitalised on the low-cost environment and the local insurance market, while RPC raided Camerons earlier this year for a Brizzle launch.
But the big boys from outside have a problem.
They all say they want to hire en masse, but that could be easier said than done, especially with the Co-op hunting down 150 recruits for its legal business, mostly in Bristol. And who would want to leave a local mainstay such as a Burges Salmon, an Osborne Clarke or a Bond Pearce, where lawyers do proper corporate work for proper local clients, to join what’s effectively a London firm’s outsourcing unit?
Also, how many London lawyers are that keen to move to Bristol, despite the supposed lifestyle benefits?
But with people debating whether we’re in a recession or not and whether the job market’s on the up or the down, Bristol might be just the place to find a gig.
It could even be the biggest revolution to hit the City since Brunel designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge.