Yorkshire law firm named third fastest growing in Europe creates another 15 new jobs as team increases headcount by 110% in five years

Some of the Clarion team with senior partner Richard Moran (front left) and joint managing partners Roger Hutton (front centre) and Ryan Millmore (front right)

Leeds Law Firm Clarion is once again putting the Yorkshire legal community on the national and international map, this time by being named the third fastest growing law firm in the whole of Europe in rankings compiled by leading trade magazine The Lawyer. The firm is continuing to grow its team as it recruits for another 15 jobs.

Clarion was recognised for having achieved the third highest level of organic growth over the last five full financial years with revenue increasing by more than four fifths (85.2 per cent) since 2017. The firm also saw a huge rise in the size of its team which grew from 140 five years ago to 295 now – an uplift of over 110%.

Joint managing partner Roger Hutton said: “This is further evidence of Leeds’ position as an outstanding legal centre with a rich pool of talent. As people have become more used to remote working over the last few years, we’ve seen even more businesses looking beyond London for legal skills and we, along with other firms in the region, have been successful in attracting work both from the capital and internationally.

“Alongside Clarion’s carefully-planned growth programme, we have undertaken an ambitious recruitment initiative to support expansion across our various practices, including building resource within both our legal and support teams.”

Hutton continues: “Increasingly, lawyers in London and beyond are recognising the fantastic opportunities for career progression offered in Leeds as well as the great work/life balance of living in Yorkshire. At Clarion, we have worked incredibly hard to create an inclusive and collaborative environment where colleagues feel valued. There’s no doubt that this has helped to differentiate us, as well as our commitment to actively encouraging our lawyers to invest time in getting to know clients’ businesses and building long-term relationships.

“Our success in making Clarion a fantastic place to work was again demonstrated this year by our performance in the prestigious ‘UK’s 100 Best Companies to Work For’ which saw us maintain the highest level of accreditation of three stars. This ‘world-class engagement’ is evident in every interaction colleagues have with clients – our team live and breathe the ‘Being Clarion’ culture and are committed to doing all they can to support our clients’ growth.”

Hutton concludes: “We’re currently recruiting for another 15 new roles and are looking forward to celebrating reaching employing our 300th colleague in the New Year. We are very proud to be recognised with this latest accolade from The Lawyer, not only is it recognition of the fantastic work undertaken by the Clarion team, but it’s also as a further demonstration that the Yorkshire legal scene is among the most dynamic and talented in Europe!”

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