Law firm climbs legal rankings

By Gill Harris on 29 September, 2018

Law firm Royds Withy King, which has offices in Swindon and Marlborough, has climbed six places to be ranked 79 in the Lawyer’s UK 200.

The independently-researched league table, which charts the annual rise and fall of the UK’s law firms, has given Royds Withy King its new ranking on the back of another strong financial performance, with revenues reaching £36m in 2017-18, following the 2016 merger between Withy King and Royds.

The firm, which employs around 500 people in Swindon, Marlborough, Bath, Oxford and London, is gearing up for further growth in 2018-19 with a strong sector focus and the development of specialist niche areas, including a new Drone Law team led by partner and former RAF air traffic controller Philip Banks-Welsh, and a Brexit task force headed up by Norwegian partner Claus Andersen.

Managing partner Graham Street said: “We are delighted to have climbed further up the ranks of the UK’s top 100 law firms following another robust financial performance. This continues to be a challenging environment for law firms but we have a clear growth strategy and a plan to differentiate our brand and expand our service offerings in an increasingly crowded and discerning market place.

“Around half of our growth over the last 18 months has been organic, driven by our three main practice areas which cover corporate and commercial, private client, and personal injury/clinical negligence. There is real strength in the diversity of our business model and the depth and breadth of services we are able to offer to our clients nationally and internationally – as well as in our regions.

“Investment in our sector teams is also starting to pay off, with our Health and Social Care team establishing itself as a major player and a series of significant client wins helping us to build credibility and market share. We have also benefited from 10 new partner hires over the last 12 months, further bolstering our expertise in key areas.”

Royds Withy King’s outlook for the current financial year remains bullish despite the uncertainly around Brexit and other challenges facing the legal sector, with further growth predicted.

Graham said: “Our people strategy is an integral part of our business plan and we will be aiming for a ranking in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for in 2019, for the sixth year running. We are putting a lot of emphasis on building employee engagement and collaboration, as it is our people who help to differentiate our brand and cement our position as lawyers that take the time to understand and anticipate their clients’ needs by identifying current and future risks and opportunities and coming up with practical solutions and the best outcomes.”

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Pictured above: Graham Street