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Revenue at Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire firm Wilkin Chapman rose by 3 per cent in the 2011–12 financial year, from £15.8m to £16.2m. The hike in revenue followed its 2010 merger with Lincolnshire firm Grange Wintringham, which gifted Wilkin Chapman its third Grimsby office.
Turnover growth came across the board, but particular strengths proved to be debt recovery, agricultural law, commercial property and corporate and commercial.
Family, agriculture, debt, crime and public law together made up 41 per cent of 2011–12’s overall revenue, which was flat in percentage terms on 2010–11’s figure. Property nudged up from 17 to 18 per cent of total revenue, while litigation was down from 37 to 36 per cent.
Wilkin Chapman has offices in Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Horncastle, Alford, Sutton On Sea, Mablethorpe and Beverley. It also moved into new Lincoln premises in 2011.
CEO Julia Whittaker said the firm had drawn up solid terms of business for clients to ensure financial management was strong.
Equity partners, who make up 59 per cent of the total partnership (down on 60 per cent in 2010–11), are remunerated based on a modified lockstep. Compensation otherwise uses a traditional seniority-based ladder.
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Turnover (£m): 16.2
Total lawyers: 90