Bircham Dyson Bell


The Lawyer UK 200

  • UK 200 Position: 77=


  • Position: 73
    Firm: Bircham Dyson Bell

    Turnover: £35.5m
    Profit per equity partner: £312K
    Earnings per partner: £210K
    Equity spread: £225K-£325K
    Net profit: £8.2m
    Profit margin: 23 per cent
    Revenue per fee-earner: £202K
    Revenue per lawyer: £240K
    Revenue per partner: £696K
    Revenue per equity partner: £1.22m
    Total number of fee-earners: 176
    Total number of qualified partners: 148
    Total number of partners: 51
    Total number of equity partners: 29
    Total number of female partners: 6
    Total number of female equity partners: 4
    Total number of staff: 301
    Leverage ratio (equity partners/fee-earners): 1:4.1




    INTERNAL PROMOTIONS
    2006-07:0
    2005-06:0
    2004-05: 0

    LATERALS
    2006-07: Corporate 1, private client 1
    2005-06: Social housing 2
    2004-05: Real estate 2

    Intake as percentage of partnership: 4.7
    New female partners as percentage of intake: 0
    Equity structure: 26 equity partners, 17 non-equity
    Practice area(s) most heavily promoted: 0
    *Figures supplied relate to the calendar year

    For the third consecutive year, Bircham Dyson Bell has failed to promote any of its associates to the partnership. It has not made any internal promotions since 2003-04, when three were made up in the traditional sectors of employment, private client and litigation.
    The firm has since looked to move away from its traditional Westminster client base to focus more on commercial projects and real estate work. Bircham did, however, introduce a career development programme and competency framework for all solicitors in 2006-07 in a bid to improve associate retention.

    • Web: www.bdb-law.co.uk
    • Telephone: 0207 227 7000
    • Fax: 0207 222 3480
    • No. of Trainees: 17
    • No. of Trainee Vacancies: 8
    • Training contract application deadline: 31-Jul-08
    • Selection
      • Individual interview: No
      • Panel interview: Yes
      • Assessment day: No
      • Psychometric test: No
      • Written exercise: No
      • Presentation: Yes
    • No. of Seats: 4
    • Opportunities Abroad: No
    • Vacation Schemes
      • No. placements: 20
      • Apply by Vacation scheme application deadline: 31-Jan-08
    • GDL/CPE Intake: Varies
    • GDL/CPE funding
      • Fees: Yes
      • Maintenance: No
    • LPC funding
      • Fees: Yes
      • Maintenance: No
    • Salary/benefits
      • Start: £30,000
      • Qualification: £49,000
      • Season ticket loan: Yes
      • Healthcare: Yes
      • Pension scheme: No
      • Life assurance: Yes
      • Bonus scheme: Yes
      • Gym membership: No
      • Subsidised lunch: No
      • Free taxis after hours: No