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Bristol firm Clarke Wilmott & Clarke has backed managing partner David Sedgwick for a second term. Sedgwick has led the firm through an aggressive business plan that has seen turnover rise from £12.6m in 1999 to £22m last year. Profits per partner have grown from £95,000 to £135,000 over the same period. The firms six offices around the South West have been slashed to two major centres in Bristol and Taunton, while its merger with sports firm Ensor Byfield added a Southampton base last April. The rationalisation drive also included last years closure of Clarke Wilmotts volume conveyancing unit, leading to more than 30 redundancies. Sedgwick will be the firms first managing partner to serve a second term. He commented: "Clarke Wilmott is no longer a South West generalist law firm. We are a national player in key areas and are determined to build on that transformation." The 50-partner firm now plans to grow from 480 staff to 700 in the next four years.