Bird & Bird turnover up nearly a quarter

Bird & Bird has emerged as one of the fastest growing technology and media outfits in the top 100 UK firms, outstripping its peers with a 24 per cent increase in turnover to reach £143m.

The firm added more than £27m onto last year’s haul of £115.6m, posting its highest revenue growth in three years.

Bird & Bird managing partner David Kerr attributed the strong performance to an expansionist international strategy.

In the last 12 months the firm has launched a central and eastern Europe practice (CEE) with the hire of former Linklaters CEE technology head Stephen Kines (The Lawyer, 12 May opened in Finland via a merger with Fennica Attorneys (The Lawyer, 12 March ) and opened an Indian practice with the hire of White & Case partner Nipun Gupta (The Lawyer, 7 April 2008).

Kerr said: “The financial performance is very encouraging and we are well placed to see continued growth by way of our strategy of targeted international expansion.”

For more on the financial results at all the top firms as they come in, see our Top of the PEPs 2008 blog here