Eighth year of consecutive growth for Bevan Brittan

James Atkins

Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office head says the national law firm’s latest results demonstrate that the business has dealt admirably with the coronavirus pandemic and reflect the strength of the firm’s ongoing strategic planning.

James Atkins was speaking as the UK Top 100 firm announced its figures for the financial year 2020/21, in which it recorded a 9.1 per cent increase in revenue to £56.1m (19/20: £51.4m) – its eight consecutive year of growth.

Net profit rose by 29.5 per cent to £14.7m (19/20: £11.35m) in another strong year for Bevan Brittan, which last year exceeded £50m in revenue for the first time in its history.

James added that growth had been seen across the business, within its emerging market areas such as energy, financial services, higher education and construction, as well as its established markets – local and central government, health and social care, and housing.

This strong performance comes against the backdrop of the most tumultuous year in the legal sector’s history, in which prior investment in the firm’s IT systems enabled it to switch quickly to agile working for all its colleagues without any impact on clients.

Alongside that, Bevan Brittan still maintained investment in a number of key areas and new markets.

Highlights from the firm’s Leeds office in 2020/21 include:

  • Celebrating five years of operating in Leeds, having opened in 2015 with just eight lawyers and since expanding to 60 staff, including 13 partners.
  • Recruiting two senior legal colleagues: Pensions Partner Nigel Bolton and Construction Legal Director Niamh Batterton.
  • Promoting Susan Trigg to Partner.
  • Adding Healthcare and Local Government to its ‘Band One’ practice areas in the Legal 500 2021 directory guide.
  • Shortlisted as Large Law Firm of the Year in the Yorkshire Legal Awards for the first time.
  • Donating £10,000 to Leeds Office charity Maggie’s Yorkshire as part of Bevan Brittan’s annual Christmas donations.

In August 2020 Bevan Brittan was one of the first law firms to announce full repayment of furlough monies received from Government. In March it announced a pay-rise for all colleagues and a further thank you bonus, having postponed its September 2020 pay review due to the pandemic.

Head of the firm’s Leeds Office James Atkins said: “The strong partnership between our clients and colleagues over the past 12 months has been instrumental in our ability to successfully navigate the most challenging period any of us can ever remember.

“I cannot thank all our Leeds office colleagues enough for their help and support during a pandemic period that was unanticipated and which has tested us all personally and professionally.

“Against that backdrop, I am extraordinarily proud of what our Leeds teams have delivered for our clients. We are a strong and growing business thanks to the breadth of our client base and the way everyone has pulled together as one team in the past 12 months.

“Our performance also shows the strength of the strategy we have put in place for Bevan Brittan. Growth across all sectors is a reflection of our existing reputation in established markets and the growing profile we have in a number of emerging markets. It is also testament to our ability to attract and retain the best legal talent. That strategy continues to deliver and we plan for further growth.”

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