Blacks posts record revenue and headcount

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Leeds-based Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors has announced a record year of growth having posted turnover of £13.3m.

The practice, which moved its head office to City Point last year and now has more than 200 members of staff, increased revenue by 12 per cent to the end of the last financial year.

This growth has been celebrated with a raft of promotions in a number of teams across the firm including a trio of partner promotions in the shape of Lucy Rigden, wills and probate specialist and Beth Laidler and Matthew Hutchinson, both of whom focus on commercial property.

The firm has also promoted three new associates, Pete Konieczko-Hansom in its corporate and commercial team, with Tristan Milner and Jennifer Roberts being promoted in its commercial property wing.

The property teams has benefited from several recent hires including that of Amanda Hewitt who was recently appointed as a litigation executive in the property litigation team.

Managing partner, Chris Allen, said he was extremely proud of the results, promotions and new offices - the latter of which he said had been the springboard for the firm’s recent success.

“Our move to City Point was a turning point in the history of the firm, with all of the commercial teams under one roof for the first time,” he said.

“It’s been a great boost to morale and the open plan space has helped to improve communication, reinforce our open door policy, and further improve the service we provide to clients.”

Blacks solicitors now has 20 partners, providing a wide range of legal services to commercial and private clients in Yorkshire and across the UK.

It specialises in corporate and commercial law, intellectual property, GDPR, commercial property, leasehold enfranchisement, employment and human resources, commercial and civil dispute resolution, residential property, wills and probate and family law.

The firm has now doubled its headcount in little over a decade.

Blacks Solicitors also won the award for Law Firm of the Year award for firms with 11-30 partners for the second time in three years at the Yorkshire Legal Awards last year.