Firm profile: Kidd Rapinet

“We see ourselves as a modern commercial law firm, but at the same time we’re proud of our historical roots, some of which can be traced back over 200 years,” says Paul Taylor, senior partner at Kidd Rapinet.

Senior partner: Paul Taylor
Turnover: £10m
Total number of partners: 29
Total number of lawyers: 47
Main practice areas: Commercial and residential property, company and commercial, employment, litigation, matrimonial and private client
Key clients: Air Malta, CML Microsystems, JJW Hotels & Resorts, Lexmark, Transco and Vendôme Rome
Number of offices: Eight
Locations: Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Farnham, High Wycome, London, Maidenhead, Reading and Slough

“We see ourselves as a modern commercial law firm, but at the same time we’re proud of our historical roots, some of which can be traced back over 200 years,” says Paul Taylor, senior partner at Kidd Rapinet.

The firm, based in London’s West End and around the Thames Valley, was established in Slough in the 1950s by Michael Rapinet, John Kidd and Peter Badge as Kidd Rapinet Badge & Co. Over the past 50 years it has grown primarily by merger and now has branches in eight locations in and around London. The last merger was with niche Blackfriars firm Pullig & Co in 2003, which brought on board six fee-earners, including two partners. Kidd Rapinet’s ambition is to achieve dominance in the towns where it has offices through a mixture of merger and organic growth and to achieve better profitability across the firm as a whole.

“The firm’s always been strong in the areas of property and litigation, and has had the ability to provide a range of partner-led services from within most of our offices,” says Taylor. The practice is split between litigation (38 per cent), commercial, including commercial property (31 per cent), residential property (21 per cent) and private client (10 per cent). The firm also has a debt collection department which operates out of its Reading office.

“The firm has a higher partner-to-assistant ratio than is usual in firms of our size,” says Taylor of the leverage, which is less than 1:1. “This allows us to provide close partner attention at all times, which our clients appreciate.”

The firm is a founder member of the Commercial Law Group (CLG), which it says is a “close-knit organisation” made up of independent member lawyers in the major centres of Europe. London commercial partner Chris Henniker says: “Being involved in CLG gives us an entrée to a wider circle of international clients as well as enabling the firm to facilitate legal services in foreign jurisdictions to our UK-based clients doing business in Europe.”

The firm has been involved in several major cases in recent years, including Norris v Norris (2002), one of the first 50-50 divorce settlements, and Eurodale Manufacturing Ltd v Ecclesiastical Insurance Office (2003), which provided the definition of ‘in transit’ insurance, subsequently upheld in the Court of Appeal.

Senior partner: Paul Taylor

Turnover: £10m

Total number of partners: 29

Total number of lawyers: 47

Main practice areas: Commercial and residential property, company and commercial, employment, litigation, matrimonial and private client

Key clients: Air Malta, CML Microsystems, JJW Hotels & Resorts, Lexmark, Transco and Vendôme Rome

Number of offices: Eight

Locations: Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Farnham, High Wycome, London, Maidenhead, Reading and Slough