Hill Dicks posts 10% revenue hike in first full year since Halliwells deal

Hill Dickinson has unveiled a 10% revenue rise for the 2011-12 financial year, boosting turnover to £110.1m from £100.1m in its first full year of trading since it acquired former Halliwells offices in Liverpool and Sheffield.

Insurance was the firm’s fastest-growing group, with revenues rising 12.8% to £40.2m, while health grew 10.6% to £8.5m, business services grew 9.9% to £36.5m and a fourth key sector, marine, expanded 9.8% to £24.9m.

All of the firm’s offices saw revenues rise, with turnover in Singapore shooting up 67% to £1.9m after the base was launched in March 2009. Hill Dickinson was unable provide a breakdown for the former Halliwells offices, which added around 1,000 staff and £18m in turnover when they were acquired in summer 2010.

The 190-partner firm has offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Chester, Sheffield, Piraeus and Singapore. Managing partner Peter Jackson said strengthening the London office is a key objective for the year ahead, during which the firm hopes to move to a new base in the capital.

Jackson (pictured) commented: “The firm continues to buck the trend against a challenging economic backdrop and that is testament to the calibre of our teams and our robust growth strategy. Our corporate and commercial work has been a key area of success for the firm and is an area we will continue to drive forward.”

Other firms to have posted double-digit growth so far this year have included northwest rival DWF and Olswang.