Finance

Non-lawyer managers setting bar high for equity partners, survey finds

Karen Hain

Fee income per partner at larger firms soared last year from an average of £777,000 to almost £1.4m, a survey has found. Accountants MHA, who produce an annual benchmarking report, said the main reason was a fall in the number of equity partners at these firms, helped by an increase in profitable work.

May 10th, 2017

Cost of conveyancing rose by more than a third over past decade

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The cost of conveyancing has risen 37% over the past decade, greater than the overall rise in the cost of moving home, new research has found. But it remains a relatively small proportion of the overall cost of moving home, however, which was put at £9,472 – although this was considerably more than people budgeted for.

May 5th, 2017

Law firm fee income up by 6%, benchmarking survey finds

Andy Harris Hazlewoods

The financial performance of smaller law firms has improved over last year, with both fee income and profits up significantly above inflation, according to an annual benchmarking survey published this week. Very little increase in salary costs, improved lock-up, and reductions in both WIP and debtor days contributed to the positive picture.

April 28th, 2017

High Court: law firm “sufficiently well-funded” to cope with freezing order over £2m in fees in its client account

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Leading litigation firm Stewarts Law is “sufficiently well-funded” to cope with £2m intended to pay its fees and disbursements sitting frozen in its client account, while the true owner of the money is identified, the High Court has ruled.

April 4th, 2017

Quarter of SME law firms have fallen victim to cyber-attacks as profits rise, survey finds

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There have been some significant thefts from client accounts in recent months, with one in four SME law firms having suffered a cyber-attack or fraud related loss in the last year, according to new research. The poll of 269 firms also showed that income and profit continues to rise, although cash remains an issue.

March 30th, 2017

Knights shifts from private equity to direct lending to fund next stage of growth

David Beech

Fast-growing alternative business structure Knights Professional Services has moved on from private equity funding and giving away an ownership stake, and turned to a major European lender to finance to next stage of its expansion. We revealed last month that James Caan has sold his stake in the firm.

October 12th, 2016

Legal finance company set to delist as it awaits Supreme Court ruling

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A finance company for law firms has announced that it wants to delist from the stock exchange as it awaits a crucial Supreme Court ruling. It is the first of two Supreme Court cases that focus on interpretation of the minimum terms and conditions for solicitors’ insurance, the second of which was before the justices yesterday.

October 11th, 2016

Litigation aftermath of failed partnership returns to High Court

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The latest skirmish in a long-running row between two solicitors whose partnership dissolved in acrimony, has seen the High Court rule that the failure of one to mention to his creditors that he had been struck off was a “material irregularity”.

September 12th, 2016

Law firm finance staff in demand as pay rises and responsibilities grow

Tim Kidd ILFM

Finance staff at larger law firms are seeing their pay rise as the market becomes more competitive, a new survey has found – while those working for small firms were the least likely to have had a pay rise in the past year, despite proving the most loyal.

August 23rd, 2016

SME law firms see fee income rise but staff and premises costs dragging down profits

Karen Hain

Fee income at SME law firms is on the up, but profits are not matching the growth, with staff and premises costs among the causes, new research has found. There was a “dramatic growth in income” at London firms in particular, with “high-value project work… back on the desk” as corporate deals gathered pace.

June 15th, 2016