The bar: divide and conquer is the motto

The Lawyer’s UK 200 season is well and truly upon us and figures for The Lawyer’s Bar Top 30 are rolling in.

It’s clear that London’s top commercial sets are dominating, with the UK’s four magic circle chambers growing combined estimated turnover from £164.5m to £236.2m last year.

However the bar is anything but immune to the changes coursing through the UK legal market and, as this week’s cover feature shows, is well on the road to splitting into three.

Commercial sets are powering ahead. Meanwhile those dealing with personal injury and employment are mirroring the law firm market, where consolidation is the watchword.

Take personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors. Already this year it has bought the PR and clinical negligence practices of two regional firms in deals valued at £1m.

Many chambers are in rude health – take Landmark Chambers’ 21 per cent revenue rise for example – but the split between segments of the bar is expanding.  Divide and conquer is the motto. Watch this space for The Lawyer’s full breakdown of the Bar Top 30.

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