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Turnover up at Watson Farley & Williams, Sacker & Partners

Both firms have posted modest growth in their revenues for the 2016 financial year.

Watson, Farley & Williams announced that revenue has grown 5 per cent at the firm over the last 12 months to £131.2m. The growth result is a notch below the 7 per cent increase to £125m recorded at the firm for the 2014/2015 financial year, which was itself a considerable step down from the 14.6 per cent increase achieved the year before.

Over the last year, WFW has broken ground in Vietnam through a flagship alliance with local firm LVN Associates and has bulked up its headcount in New York with two real estate hires and a new dispute resolution team.

Sacker hits double digits

Meanwhile, boutique firm Sacker & Partners has posted a 13 per cent lift in revenue to £26.8m for the last financial year, while profit was up 15 per cent from £13.6m to £15.3m in the 12 months to 31 December. With a client list that includes Lloyds Bank, HSBC, John Lewis and ITV, the strong result at Sackers is reflective of the growing number of large corporates looking to restructure their pension schemes: ‘It was a very good year. The general routine work was of a higher level and there were a few mega projects too. Generally, the pensions world is very busy,’ commented Sackers senior partner Ian Pittaway to Legal Business. Partner and staff headcounts were both flat at the firm year-on-year, at 26 and 76 respectively. Remuneration for firm’s highest-paid partner rose £300,000 last year to £1.45m.

Sources: Legal Business; The Lawyer