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Harbottles becomes first firm to report revenue after year-end switch

Harbottle & Lewis has announced its firmwide revenue after switching its financial year-end due to new HMRC tax rules. The firm managed to surpass £50m for the first time over a 12-month period. HMRC’s rules, which took effect from the 2023/24 financial year starting 6 April, seek to simplify tax payments by taxing a business’ […]

Browne Jacobson hikes turnover by double digits

National firm Browne Jacobson saw turnover grow by 12 per cent in 2023/24, passing £118m. The Midlands-heritage firm has made a number of strategic moves in the last financial year, opening in Cardiff in the second half of 2023 and bagging a commercial and technology team from EY as it attempts to scale up in London. […]

Beyond the Bubble: Lester Aldridge’s big London play

South: A couple of weeks ago Lester Aldridge and Mackrell Solicitors announced their forthcoming merger. Beyond the Bubble, in association with LexisNexis, caught up with the former firm’s managing partner Matthew Barrow to get the lowdown on what it means for the two firms. For South Coast firm Lester Aldridge, this is very much a move […]

Browne Jacobson hires EY team as it aims to double London headcount

Browne Jacobson has taken a team of five lawyers, including two partners, from EY in London as it looks to grow in the UK capital. Rowan Armstrong and Alex Mason are both commercial tech specialists. They are set to join Browne Jacobson in June, along with a legal director and two associates. Both Armstrong and Mason […]

Beyond the Bubble: Hempsons moves with the times

Many firms can empathise with the challenges faced by healthcare and charities firm Hempsons in recent years. It is a sector leader in the health market, with more than 150 healthcare, foundation trusts and commissioners on its books, and is currently instructed in the Infected Blood Inquiry for the UK Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation. This […]

Southampton, UK

The legal hub you didn’t know existed

It’s a 90-minute train journey to London and two hours from Bristol. At £29 per sq ft, grade A office rents are a third of the average £90 per sq ft City firms pay. And it has an abundance of lawyers. Slowly but steadily, Southampton is slipping into the mid-tier consciousness as a city in […]

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PE acquirers should target these three firms

Which law firms are private equity houses looking to invest in? The answer, if the conversations we’re having with managing partners are anything to go by, is ‘pretty much all of them’. Most regional firms of note have had speculative approaches at some time in the last five years or so, as private equity gradually […]

Beyond the Bubble: Inside Brabners’ new strategy

North West: As revealed in The Lawyer on Tuesday, Brabners has kicked off a new three-year strategy. The last one certainly paid dividends, and newly-reelected managing partner Nik White was in ebullient spirits when he talked to Beyond the Bubble earlier this week. “It’s the power of 24,” he says cryptically, before explaining that “it […]

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Harbottles partners told to step up on lock-up

With the 2023/24 financial year-end just days away, law firm leaders are doing everything they can to make sure no bill is left unsent and no debt is left uncollected. For many firms, that process will include turning to a raft of new technology solutions to try and speed up the cashflow process. However, at an […]