Firm profile: Harrison Clark

During the past four years Harrison Clark has seen its profits shoot up by more than 60 per cent, and the firm’s growth rate is showing no signs of slowing down.

Managing partner:

Andrew Caldicott
Senior partner: Jonathan Brew
Turnover: £5.6m
Total number of partners: 6
Total number of fee-earners: 16
Main practice areas: Business services (including commercial property), commercial litigation, corporate, litigation, private client, family law
Key clients: Cox Homes, Tarmac, several high street banks
Number of offices: Two
Location: Birmingham, Worcester

During the past four years Harrison Clark has seen its profits shoot up by more than 60 per cent, and the firm’s growth rate is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Worcester-based firm owes its recent success to the launch of its business services group, which encompasses a broad range of specialist practice areas, including commercial property, commercial litigation and corporate.

Harrison Clark launched the business services group off the back of a few quality lateral hires, including that of Rob Thomas from Dibb Lupton Alsop, who now heads up the corporate department.

Senior partner Jonathan Brew says the firm had been building its business services practice for the past five years.

“Our business services division is one of our most successful practice groups, and it’s because we offer specialist advice in a number of different areas; and if an instruction covers different practice areas we can bring other lawyers in from the department to advise,” he says. “Going back 10 years, the majority of law firms in the area would claim to be full service, with lawyers that did a bit of this and a bit of that.

“We’re one of the few law firms that really does offer specialist advice, and the success of any law firm is directly related to the quality of its lawyers.”

Indeed, Harrison Clark has made a number of big-name hires of late, most recently that of insolvency lawyer Jonathan Whitbread from Wragge & Co, who joined as a partner. It also took on commercial litigation specialist Richard Morgan from Hulme & Co.

Next on the firm’s agenda is a plan to launch a banking practice.

“In this day and age, we know that no firm can stand still – if you stand still you’ll end up going backwards,” Brew says. “We want to continue to move forward and to grow and strive to be a major regional force.”

Brew says that, although the firm is keen to grow, it has no intention of walking the merger path. Instead, it will continue to recruit from external law firms and grow organically.

Harrison Clark has two offices, one being a satellite office in Birmingham focusing on family law.

Donna Sawyer