UK 200 position: 155
Media boutique Wiggin took full advantage of the Legal Services Act in the 2010–11 financial year, converting to a legal disciplinary partnership (LDP) in December and bringing non-lawyer chief executive officer John Banister into the partnership in January.
If turnover is anything to go by, the moves seem to have paid off. Wiggin recorded an 8.7 per cent increase in revenue for the 2011–12 financial year, from £11.4m to £12.4m, helped largely by an increase in mergers and acquisitions and a boost in corporate and litigation work.
Their success was highlighted in October 2012, when the firm announced plans to open an international office in Brussels with Motion Picture Association’s European legal head Ted Shapiro. The office, which opened in January, aims to meet client demand for pan-European copyright advice as well as content protection issues affecting new media, e-commerce, data protection, trade consumer protection, content regulation, competition, state aid and tax.
Last year also saw Wiggin launch its intelligent content protection business Incopro with the aim of helping media companies tackle piracy. The firm's management team also drafted plans to set up a technology incubator in east London’s Tech City, which is expected to open in 2013.
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Turnover (£m): 12.4
Total lawyers: 42