Berwin Leighton Paisner


The Lawyer UK 200

  • UK 200 Position: 17


  • Position: 16
    Firm: Berwin Leighton Paisner

    Turnover: £186m
    Profit per equity partner: £620K
    Earnings per partner: £425K
    Equity spread: £350K-£1KK
    Net profit: £51.5m
    Profit margin: 28 per cent
    Revenue per fee-earner: £293K
    Revenue per lawyer: £365K
    Revenue per partner: £1,061K
    Revenue per equity partner: £2.24m
    Total number of fee-earners: 634
    Total number of qualified partners: 510
    Total number of partners: 175
    Total number of equity partners: 83
    Total number of female partners: 35
    Total number of female equity partners: 13
    Total number of staff: 1,194
    Leverage ratio (equity partners/fee-earners): 1:5.1




    INTERNAL PROMOTIONS
    2006-07: Real estate 6, corporate 3, technology 1, IP 1, employment 1, projects 1
    2005-06: Corporate 1, projects 1
    2004-05: Technology 1, banking 1, real estate 3, corporate 4

    LATERALS
    2006: Corporate 4, finance 1, technology 3, projects 2, employment 2, real estate 2, banking 3
    2005: Corporate 3, finance 1, technology 2, projects 2, real estate 2
    2004: Projects 3, real estate 4, finance 1, banking 2, corporate 3, IP 1

    Intake as percentage of partnership: 17
    New female partners as percentage of intake: 30
    Firms recruited from: Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Dewey Ballantine, Linklaters, Lovells, McDermott Will & Emery, Slaughter and May
    Equity structure: 85 equity partners, 91 non-equity
    Practice area(s) most heavily promoted: Real estate, corporate
    *Figures supplied relate to the calendar year

    Renowned for having a big-spending lateral hire policy, in 2006-07 Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) made a firm record of 13 promotions to the partnership. Real estate, an area of historic strength, re-emerged as a key focus, snaring the lion’s share of the promotions with six.
    Emphasis on corporate and banking also increased, with both areas benefiting from lateral hires. But it is not so clear-cut for the firm’s associates, with no finance or banking promotions in 2006-07 and three in corporate.
    BLP is, however, working hard to retain associates. Attrition is around 10 per cent, 53 associates were recruited in the first six months of 2006 and the firm introduced an associate director role as an alternative to partnership.
    2006 also saw the firm’s first international lateral hires in Brussels and Paris, in business and technology services and corporate finance respectively.

    • Web: www.blplaw.com
    • Telephone: 0207 760 1000
    • Fax: 0207 760 1111
    • No. of Trainees: 80
    • No. of Trainee Vacancies: 40
    • Training contract application deadline: 31-Jul-08
    • Selection
      • Individual interview: No
      • Panel interview: No
      • Assessment day: Yes
      • Psychometric test: No
      • Written exercise: Yes
      • Presentation: Yes
    • No. of Seats: 4
    • Opportunities Abroad: Yes
    • Vacation Schemes
      • No. placements: 50-60
      • Summer vacation scheme application deadline: 31-Jan-08
    • GDL/CPE Intake: 40%
    • GDL/CPE funding
      • Fees: Yes
      • Maintenance: £7,200
    • LPC funding
      • Fees: Yes
      • Maintenance: £7,200
    • Salary/benefits
      • Start: £37,000
      • Qualification: £65,000
      • Season ticket loan: Yes
      • Healthcare: Yes
      • Pension scheme: No
      • Life assurance: No
      • Bonus scheme: No
      • Gym membership: Yes
      • Subsidised lunch: Yes
      • Free taxis after hours: Yes