UK’s national firms engage in another round of lateral hires

There’s been a lot of change in the UK’s mid-tier recently. Today brings news of more expansion for four of the major national players – BLM, DAC Beachcroft, DWF and Irwin Mitchell.

BLM announced earlier this year that it was merging with Belfast firm Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors (CFS). The merger has now gone live, and in our story this morning BLM has confirmed that the addition of CFS’s £4m of revenue will push it through the magic £100m barrier.

That target was already in managing partner Mike Brown’s sights, after BLM produced global turnover of £98.3m in 2013/14.

Another managing partner who has seen his firm through significant growth is DWF’s Andrew Leaitherland, re-elected this week for a fourth three-year term. Under his watch revenue has shot up by 462 per cent – from £34m in 2005/06 to £191m in 2013/14.

DWF is not stopping there. The firm has announced that it has scooped up another team from Greenwoods in Bristol, following Parabis’s decision to shut down its office in the city earlier this year. In October, DWF picked up a personal injury team from Greenwoods.

But it’s not all about hiring at DWF, as Irwin Mitchell has continued its efforts to build up its business legal services team by appointing DWF’s pensions chief Martin Jenkins to head up its own pensions practice.

Meanwhile DAC Beachcroft is also hiring in Bristol – it has recruited Bond Dickinson partner Andrew Allan-Jones to strengthen its IP capabilities.

As the legal market continues to evolve, expect the lateral hiring to keep on going.

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