Knight & Sons – Rising 50 – 2005

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Turnover: £950m Profit per equity partner: £562,000 Equity spread: £250,000-£630,000 Net profit: £235m Profit margin: 25 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £190,000-£230,000 Revenue per lawyer: £354,000 Revenue per partner: £1,518,000 Revenue per equity partner: £2,340,000 Cost per lawyer: £266,000 Profit per lawyer: £88,000 No of partners: 626 No of equity partners: 406 No of female […]

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