Survey Reports Strong Growth for Midland Law Firms; LEGAL

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Midlands' law firms are reporting another year of strong growth, with increasing fee income and profits, according to the 16th annual law firms' survey from accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In line with other law firms around the UK, they have benefited from a buoyant UK economy and have reported strong performance from their corporate, banking and property practice areas.

While the 2007 survey points to particularly strong growth and some signs of a break away in terms of profitability among the Top Ten law firms in the country, firms in the Midlands have experienced a relatively consistent performance with last year in respect of fees per partner - 80 per cent of firms in the region reported an increase.

Profits per partner have improved significantly over the past year - 80 per cent of Midlands' law firms have reported profit increases, compared with 60 per cent in 2006.

However, the profit increases reported by firms in the region are more moderate than those of last year - the majority reporting increases of ten per cent or less.

Despite the growth in fees and average profit per partner, profit margins remain under pressure.

This is mainly due to the continued rise in staff costs but high levels of associates' turnover is also likely to be a significant contributory factor. …