Double Digit International Growth For Osborne Clarke

Emily Parkin

Osborne Clarke has reported a 19% increase in its international revenue.

The firm achieved a revenue of €407 million for the financial year 2021/22 – up from the €341 million recorded the previous year, according to its latest results.

In the U.K., Osborne Clarke’s income increased by 20% to £199.1 million, up from £166.4 million in 2020/21. As a percentage increase, this is an improvement on the 7% growth recorded in the U.K. in 2021.

In addition to revenue growth, U.K. net profit also increased by 14%, from £67.9 million in 2020/21, to £77.2 million. Profit per equity partner (PEP) increased by 11% to £796,000, compared to £714,000 in 2020/21.

The firm has also increased its cash resources in the U.K. to £45.8m, up 12% on 2020/21.

Omar Al-Nuaimi, Osborne Clarke’s International CEO, pointed to the firm’s recently opened Warsaw office as evidence of its international ambitions. The office now has a team of over 30 lawyers. 

Speaking to Law.com International, Al-Nuaimi acknowledged that the next six months of 2022 were likely to be more challenging than the first.

“We hope that we can weather the cycle, and we think our business is well placed to do so. We have a good restructuring business, and we also anticipate there will be a need for expertise and insights in regulation, which is something we can see continuing,” he said.

The firm also provided a breakdown of how revenue had increased across its four U.K. service lines. Business transactions increased 27%, while projects, real estate and finance grew 25%, advisory by 15%, and disputes and risk enjoyed 8% growth.

Osborne Clarke is again giving its people in the U.K. a 5% profit share based on annual salaries, which will be paid in June. This year the minimum payment will be £2,500 up from £1,500. The firm is also increasing performance bonus payments with up to 25% of base salary available, to be paid in July.

In January 2022, Osborne Clarke strengthened its U.K. ranks with the addition of two hires from Fieldfisher and Linklaters. The firm has added the Fieldfisher partner Hugo Lidbetter to its energy and utilities practice, as well as Linklaters managing associate Paul Harris as partner in its London financial services sector. 

The firm also recently hired BDB Pitmans’ entire pensions practice, including partners David Hosford and Chris Netiatis, as well as two senior associates and one legal director. 

https://www.law.com/international-edition/2022/06/13/osborne-clarke-posts-double-digit-growth/

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