After a year with no real headcount change in 2012, Walkers saw renewed growth in 2013. The firm said revenue had 'outstripped the previous year due to increased activity globally and the diversification of our revenue sources, offices and practices'. The firm has a notable presence in Asia, with more lawyers based there than any other offshore firm. It also stands out among big offshore firms by having a female partnership proportion of almost a third.
After the divestment in 2012 of the management services business, the focus was on consolidation as a standalone law firm. In early 2013, Walkers moved into its new Cayman headquarters, investing in new IT infrastructure in the process.
Walkers' servers are 100 per cent virtualised. The firm is introducing a cloud-based platform that will enable lawyers to share documents with clients quickly and securely. The next stage of investment will be the introduction of process automation for 'common business tasks', which also addresses the growing use of mobile devices.
This year, Walkers wants to continue the growth of its Dublin office as well as looking at countries such as Russia, the CIS and emerging markets in Indonesia and Mongolia. When it comes to practice areas, insolvency and corporate recovery is the focus, with further hires in the pipeline following last year's recruitment of Singapore senior counsel Robert Foote from Ogier.
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