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Region’s leading law firm sees revenues rise as it cements place in UK’s top 200

LEADING regional law firm Wilkin Chapman has been heralded as it cements its place as one of the top organisations of its kind in the country.

Region’s leading law firm sees revenues rise as it cements place in UK’s top 200

The Lawyer UK 200 for 2017 ranks the top legal firms in Britain based on key statistics.

The Grimsby-headquartered team has posted a 6.5 per cent rise in revenues from £21.4 million to £22.8 million, allowing it to maintain a place just outside the top 100 – in 106th spot.  

It is down two on last year, only the second drop in a decade that has seen it rise from 140th. Further distance has also been put between it and nearest regional rivals.

Wilkin Chapman chief executive Des Mannion, pictured, is delighted with the ranking within what is regarded as the most comprehensive guide to the performance of the legal profession.

“The Lawyer UK 200 shows us as a leader in our profession in the Lincolnshire, Humber and Yorkshire regions, and also within the top firms in the country, a fact of which we are all delighted,” he said. “I think there are still a number of people in the region who don’t realise our size, and the breadth of expertise we have. 

“Of equal importance, is our success in nurturing local talent, encouraging them into our business, developing them personally and supporting their careers with us.” 

The firm has also been found to over perform when figures are based on diversity and partner numbers, with both putting it in the top 100.

The “regional heavyweight” also employs more people than many of its peers, with headcount – almost at 400 – listing it 74th in the country, up ten places from  2016. 

This is attributed to a large recoveries department, where a high number of paralegals and trainee legal executives are employed on many national accounts.

When it comes to the number of women on the payroll, Wilkin Chapman ranks 73rd. Of the firm’s partners, a third are women.

As well as the iconic new Grimsby base, the firm operates from offices in Lincoln, Beverley, Louth, Horncastle, Alford and Sheffield. 

Mr Mannion added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved, both our people and clients, for the support and hard work in helping the firm in achieving these important milestones and recognition together.”

The revenue level to make the list was up 2.4 per cent to £8.7 million.

The continued growth and investment in the area was praised by business organisations in the region it serves. Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce's head of external affairs, David Hooper, said: “There are many great law firms in our area, but the growth of Wilkin Chapman in recent years has been remarkable.”

Simon Beardsley, chief executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, added: "We are thrilled for our member Wilkin Chapman – a truly deserving business who are a valuable asset in our local business community.

“It is great to see a local Lincolnshire business being recognised at a national level and it is a credit to everyone who works for the organisation.

“We wish them continued success and growth in the future”.

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