Wilkin Chapman puts Grimsby on the map in national legal rankings
Lincolnshire law firm, Wilkin Chapman solicitors, has been recognised as ‘one to watch’ in the Lawyer: UK 200, which ranks top legal firms by turnover.
The Grimsby headquartered legal practice sits just outside the top 100 law firms, and is ranked as 105th in the country - a leap of 6 places from last year’s ranking. Wilkin Chapman is now one of the largest regional firms outside of London.
The Lawyer UK 200 is a well-respected publication within the legal sector and each year undertakes a survey of around 300 UK-based law firms. In the publication’s recent 5 page report, looking at the independent firms in its top 200 rankings, it stated: “Grimsby’s Wilkin Chapman is one to watch. Chief executive, Des Mannion, has embarked on a process of increasing partners’ involvement in management”.
The firm has seen a 10.4% rise in turnover on last year. The recent CEO appointment of Des Mannion, who joined the firm from Grant Thornton in London, has also seen an increased focus on collaboration and cross-departmental integration. This has been complemented by an active recruitment drive, resulting in the appointment of lawyers at all levels, including doubling the number of trainee solicitors.
In addition to the UK 200, Wilkin Chapman’s commitment to staff training and development has also been recognised nationally. The solicitors’ practice has won two awards and been voted as one of the top 100 UK law firms to work for by the Lex 100 – the student guide to the UK’s premier law firms 2015/16. The firm is ranked within the top 10 UK law firms for creating a stress-free environment in the ‘stress levels’ category and being within the top 15 law firms for ‘friendliness’.
Des Mannion, chief executive, said: “2015 is proving to be a very exciting year for the firm with a number of accolades in legal publications such as the Legal 500, UK 200 and Lex 100, plus the development of our new office in Grimsby for 2016.
“The future is looking very positive and to achieve this level of recognition in the top legal publications is a great coup for Grimsby, the region and for the firm.”
Wilkin Chapman has grown substantially over the years with a number of strategic mergers and lateral hires, and not only offers the high street legal services within its core geographical areas but is now representing both national and international businesses. Its recoveries department is recognised as a UK market leader, acting for some of the largest international blue chip organisations, whilst the firm’s corporate and commercial departments also have expansive national and international reach with their client base.
The firm has attracted significant talent into many of its corporate business areas from some of the major city law firms providing a wealth of extensive expertise to the Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire region