Collyer Bristow posts turnover of £14.9m after adding five partners in 2013/14

Collyer Bristow has recorded turnover of £14.9m for 2013/14, an increase of 2.5 per cent.

Although its billing figures were down slightly, from £15.1m to £14.85m last year, turnover has risen from £14.53m in 2012/13.

Senior partner John Saner said that Collyer Bristow would maintain a broad practice of private client, commercial and dispute resolution work, but pointed to the firm’s willingness to litigate against banks as an area of particular growth. The financial disputes team now has three partners, of which two have arrived in the last year.

Overall, the firm has added five new partners and three new consultants to its ranks over the course of the last year.

Saner said that the firm has planned to return to the recruitment market in force following the settlement of the £50m professional negligence claim that hung over it for much of 2012/13 (4 July 2013).

The new arrivals include IP specialist Tim Bamford from Withers, Christopher Rennie-Smith, who has returned to the firm after 15 years at the European Patent Office, and William Hancock, who has launched a Nordic desk after arriving from pre-merger Speechly Bircham.