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The UK top 50 in five years' time: a ranking with a shelf-life?

As we consider the financial results for 2013-14 it is easy to assume that the picture is rosier for the UK's largest law firms.

02 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure


inner image UK top 50: consolidation drives growth at UK's largest firms as 85% see revenue hikes over five years

More than one in five of the UK's top 50 law firms have seen their fee income grow by at least 50% over the last five years, according to Legal Week's analysis of firms' financial performance

02 Sep 2014 | 00:00 | secure

inner image Weil Gotshal's ten year capital repayment plan for departing partners

Weil Gotshal & Manges has started holding selected departing equity partners to ten year capital repayment plans, Legal Week has learned.

01 Sep 2014 | 12:45 | secure

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Legal Week goes digital first for UK Top 50 coverage

For the first time ever, Legal Week will be publishing its UK Top 50 coverage online first as we reveal the full details of the leading firms' 2013-14 financial performance.

01 Sep 2014 | 00:19 | secure

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UK Top 50: leading firms put economic woes behind them as revenues hit £14bn high

Revenue across the UK's 50 largest law firms soared to a new high of £14.4bn in 2013-14, with the group seemingly having put past economic uncertainty behind it to achieve a fourth consecutive year of fee income growth.

01 Sep 2014 | 00:10 | secure

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UK Top 50: all change please, but not just yet

Given the natural conservatism of the legal market both in the UK and globally, when the leader of one of the UK's largest law firms describes the pace of change in the sector as "glacial" it's a definite sign that a dramatic move is long overdue.

01 Sep 2014 | 00:10 | secure

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Dewey UK liquidators set to make partial pay-out to unsecured creditors

Liquidators of the UK arm of Dewey & Leboeuf are set to award an interim dividend to unsecured creditors of the London office.

26 Aug 2014 | 12:12 | secure

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Profit dip at Dechert's UK LLP as top earning partner hit

Profits at Dechert's London HQ took a further hit in 2003, according to limited liability partnership (LLP) accounts filed with Companies House, as the US firm's top earner took home 26% less than two years ago.

21 Aug 2014 | 11:06 | secure

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Irwin Mitchell turnover nudges up as firm remains focused on expansion

Irwin Mitchell saw group income rise by 1.2% over the 2013-14 financial year, with turnover up to £202.7m from last year's mark of £200.3m.

15 Aug 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Bond Dickinson set to break into UK top 50 following 2013 merger

Bond Dickinson has posted revenue of £99.1m for 2013-14 in the firm’s first set of financial results after legacy firms Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees combined last year.

04 Aug 2014 | 12:00 | secure

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DAC Beachcroft, Parabis among firms unveiling 2013-14 revenue hikes

DAC Beachcroft and Parabis Law are among a clutch of firms to report growth in firmwide revenue for the 2013-14 financial year.

31 Jul 2014 | 11:19 | secure

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Collegiate culture: Shoosmiths CEO on how to keep staff happy and turn a profit

Shoosmiths came out top in Legal Week's employee satisfaction survey, but it's the turnaround in its financial performance that may be even more significant

28 Jul 2014 | 00:32 | secure

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Pre-merger PEP at Lawrence Graham grew 64% in 2013-14

Profit per equity partner (PEP) rose by 63.8% at legacy Lawrence Graham in the firm's 2013-14 financial results, prior to the merger with Wragges & Co which went live on 1 May this year.

25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 | secure

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DWF sees net profit and revenue rise as PEP falls

DWF has reported a 23% increase in net profit for 2013-14 up to £25.5m from £20.8million.

24 Jul 2014 | 13:31 | secure

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Financials round-up: Withers revenue boosted, Trowers grows profits despite fee income drop

Revenue at Withers grew 4.7% in the last financial year, up from £117.8m to £123.3m, while Trowers & Hamlins suffered a drop in turnover for the second straight year.

23 Jul 2014 | 11:48 | secure