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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

Clarke Wilmott reports strong financial results

Clarke Wilmott reports strong financial results


The firm's CEO said the last two years had been 'transformational'

National law firm Clarke Willmott has reported positive 2021/22 financial results, with revenue of £59.6m – up 12 per cent on the prior year.

The firm – that has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton – said it remained committed to the long-term growth of a “diverse” commercial and private client practice.

CEO, Stephen Rosser, said the last two years had been “transformational” for the firm. “After a decade of improvements, we have moved the firm onto an excellent footing for future growth. Our results are a consequence of the hard work undertaken by everyone at the firm and the great support from our diverse client base from whom we have received more instructions than ever, on increasingly complex and interesting work.

“Changes implemented during the pandemic have become our new normal and we have a thriving culture built on flexible, collaborative and supportive working.”

Clarke Wilmott said it had continued to focus on staff, wellbeing, inclusion and the development of social aspects of work in a flexible hybrid working model. It said a commitment to delivering excellent client service underpinned by a culture built around fully flexible and sustainable ways of working was at the heart of its strategy.

Rosser added: “Whilst there are clearly significant challenging headwinds for all businesses in the UK and more broadly, we are building on the lessons learned and investments made during the pandemic by aligning all of the strands of our growth strategy to provide a long term, sustainable future for the firm.

“Our ESG commitments, property strategy and our fully flexible approach to work all contribute. One of the most visible manifestations of this work relates to the changes in our properties.

“In summer 2021 we moved to a smaller but more environmentally sustainable location in Birmingham. In spring 2022 we fully overhauled and modernised our Taunton office. Plans are now underway for a move from our current location in Bristol to top rated sustainable office space at new development Assembly C in spring 2023.

“All of our offices are designed to support fully flexible working. These changes are part of the plan that will drive us to be net zero by 2035 at the latest and ideally by 2030 to align with the Paris Agreement. We will firm up this commitment once we have fully scoped and planned for all of our impacts.”