Boutique Firm of the Year - City

Trinity International

After a phenomenal year of growth Trinity International has come out on top as winner of Boutique City Firm of the Year.

The last financial year was a record one for the firm, with turnover soaring from £4.6m to over £8.6m and net profit tripling from £1.9m to £6.2m. Focusing on Africa and emerging economies the firm delivers high quality legal services surrounding corporate and finance transactions. Its key sectors include power and renewable energy, mining, ports, airports and transport infrastructure.

The firm is unique in that all of its work comes from outside the UK and is of a cross-border nature.

Trinity International has attracted a team of lawyers from the magic circle and the global elite. Although small in number the team benefits from a huge wealth of knowledge as each of the four partners has over 15 years of experience in emerging markets transactions.

A key selling point for the firm is its innovative fee structure, which includes risk sharing and success fees. The firm also employs four consultants, also former City partners, to help keep costs down for its clients.

Runner up

In second place is commercial litigation specialist Candey for the out of the box thinking which has led it to repeatedly win cases and helped turnover soar from less than £1m in 2011/12 to £5.5m last year.

The firm’s caselist includes two cases in The Lawyer’s Top 20 disputes this year and Candey has an enviable client list including major corporates as well as individuals.

The firm is structured as a limited company, meaning profits are reinvested for the future and enabling Candey to at times indemnify against adverse costs. Coupled with a flexible approach to fees, the firm is set up well to continue picking up instructings on the biggest cases out there.

Third place
  • Kemp Little

Scooping up third place is technology specialist Kemp Little following fantastic results over the 2014/15 financial year.

Revenue had stagnated at the firm but after a year focusing on sustainable profits Kemp Little was able to push revenue past £10m for the first time. This was achieved through attracting 197 new clients, which brought in an extra £1.7m in turnover.

The firm has continued to launch complementary businesses and along with Kemp Little Consulting it has launched a free advisory business for start-up companies.

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