Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

The Lawyer UK 200

  • UK 200 Position: 35
  • Story textPosition: 35 =
    Firm: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

    Turnover: £81.7m
    Profit per equity partner: £380K
    Earnings per partner: £379K
    Equity spread: £225K-£450K
    Net profit: £26.6m
    Profit margin: 33 per cent
    Revenue per fee-earner: £237K
    Revenue per lawyer: £298K
    Revenue per partner: £1,047K
    Revenue per equity partner: £1.17m
    Total number of fee-earners: 345
    Total number of qualified partners: 274
    Total number of partners: 78
    Total number of equity partners: 70
    Total number of female partners: 11
    Total number of female equity partners: 9
    Total number of staff: 634
    Leverage ratio (equity partners/fee-earners):1:2.9



    INTERNAL PROMOTIONS
    2006-07: Corporate 1, litigation 1, employment 1, insurance 1
    2005-06: IT 1, litigation 1, insurance 1
    2004-05: Corporate 1, litigation 1, insurance 1

    LATERALS
    2006: Corporate 1, litigation 1, insurance 1
    2005: 0
    2004: Insurance 2

    Intake as percentage of partnership: 9.1
    New female partners as percentage of intake:14.3
    Firms recruited from: Richards Butler
    Equity structure: 77 equity partners
    Practice area(s) most heavily promoted: Insurance, litigation
    *Figures supplied relate to the calendar year

    Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), which operates a conservative all-equity partnership, is dragging itself into the 21st century with the introduction of a partner bonus in May 2007. This change in direction comes after BLG lost 16 partners in a steady flow over the last three years. These losses were somewhat counteracted by three rare lateral hires in 2006. But BLG has largely stuck to its guns and concentrated more on internal promotions. The firm’s core litigation business of insurance, reinsurance and professional indemnity has continued to dominate both lateral and internal promotions for the last three years, although corporate has also seen notable growth.


    • Web: www.blg.co.uk
    • Telephone: 020 7643 8065
    • Fax: 020 7643 8500
    • No. of Trainees: 39
    • No. of Trainee Vacancies: 18-20
    • Training contract application deadline:31-Jul-08
    • Selection
      • Individual interview: Yes
      • Panel interview: No
      • Assessment day: Yes
      • Psychometric test: Yes
      • Written exercise: Yes
      • Presentation: Yes
    • No. of Seats: 4
    • Opportunities Abroad: Yes
    • Vacation Schemes
      • No. placements: 75
      • Summer vacation scheme application deadline: 31-01-08
    • GDL/CPE Intake: 40%
    • GDL/CPE funding
      • Fees: Yes
      • Maintenance: £6,000
    • LPC funding
      • Fees: Yes
      • Maintenance: £6,000
    • Salary/benefits
      • Start: £36,000
      • Qualification: £61,000
      • Season ticket loan: Yes
      • Healthcare: Yes
      • Pension scheme: Yes
      • Life assurance: Yes
      • Bonus scheme: Yes
      • Gym membership: Yes
      • Subsidised lunch: Yes
      • Free taxis after hours: Yes

Position: 35 =
Firm: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

Turnover: £81.7m
Profit per equity partner: £380K
Earnings per partner: £379K
Equity spread: £225K-£450K
Net profit: £26.6m
Profit margin: 33 per cent
Revenue per fee-earner: £237K
Revenue per lawyer: £298K
Revenue per partner: £1,047K
Revenue per equity partner: £1.17m
Total number of fee-earners: 345
Total number of qualified partners: 274
Total number of partners: 78
Total number of equity partners: 70
Total number of female partners: 11
Total number of female equity partners: 9
Total number of staff: 634
Leverage ratio (equity partners/fee-earners):1:2.9



INTERNAL PROMOTIONS
2006-07: Corporate 1, litigation 1, employment 1, insurance 1
2005-06: IT 1, litigation 1, insurance 1
2004-05: Corporate 1, litigation 1, insurance 1

LATERALS
2006: Corporate 1, litigation 1, insurance 1
2005: 0
2004: Insurance 2

Intake as percentage of partnership: 9.1
New female partners as percentage of intake:14.3
Firms recruited from: Richards Butler
Equity structure: 77 equity partners
Practice area(s) most heavily promoted: Insurance, litigation
*Figures supplied relate to the calendar year

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), which operates a conservative all-equity partnership, is dragging itself into the 21st century with the introduction of a partner bonus in May 2007. This change in direction comes after BLG lost 16 partners in a steady flow over the last three years. These losses were somewhat counteracted by three rare lateral hires in 2006. But BLG has largely stuck to its guns and concentrated more on internal promotions. The firm’s core litigation business of insurance, reinsurance and professional indemnity has continued to dominate both lateral and internal promotions for the last three years, although corporate has also seen notable growth.


  • Web: www.blg.co.uk
  • Telephone: 020 7643 8065
  • Fax: 020 7643 8500
  • No. of Trainees: 39
  • No. of Trainee Vacancies: 18-20
  • Training contract application deadline:31-Jul-08
  • Selection
    • Individual interview: Yes
    • Panel interview: No
    • Assessment day: Yes
    • Psychometric test: Yes
    • Written exercise: Yes
    • Presentation: Yes
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Opportunities Abroad: Yes
  • Vacation Schemes
    • No. placements: 75
    • Summer vacation scheme application deadline: 31-01-08
  • GDL/CPE Intake: 40%
  • GDL/CPE funding
    • Fees: Yes
    • Maintenance: £6,000
  • LPC funding
    • Fees: Yes
    • Maintenance: £6,000
  • Salary/benefits
    • Start: £36,000
    • Qualification: £61,000
    • Season ticket loan: Yes
    • Healthcare: Yes
    • Pension scheme: Yes
    • Life assurance: Yes
    • Bonus scheme: Yes
    • Gym membership: Yes
    • Subsidised lunch: Yes
    • Free taxis after hours: Yes