UK Top 50 2016-17: the firms battling to make their mark at the edge of the rankings

Whether by merger or organic growth, the firms just outside the top 50 face intense competition for a place in the top tier of the UK market

For the firms at the bottom of the UK top 50 table, the competition is intense. Revenues are tightly grouped, and in any given year a firm can leapfrog the competition to make its way into the rankings – the most common method being a merger.

Blake Morgan, itself the product of the 2014 combination of Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole, this year sits in 50th place with revenue of £74.5m. Just £5m covers the next three firms – Freeths (£72m), Shakespeare Martineau (£71.5m) and Pennington Manches (£69.6m) – highlighting an opportunity for all of them to push into the top 50 next year.

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