Boutique Firm of the Year - National

Tapestry Compliance

Since opening its doors in 2011, Tapestry Compliance has gone from strength to strength. It achieved an estimated £2.6m turnover this financial year and more than doubled its employee numbers, 90 per cent of whom work in Sheffield. Counting multinationals such as GlaxoSmithKline, Glencore and HSBC as some of its key clients, Tapestry advises in all aspects of global HR, focusing on global executive and employee share plans. It boasts the largest incentives team in any UK law firm, and last year advised eBay on the incentives-related legal and tax implications of its intended spin-off of PayPal. The firm also continues to represent Credit Suisse, most recently advising it on legal issues for a total bonus pool of around $3.5bn.

By providing the UK’s only professional qualification to recognise employee share plans, Tapestry has been able to better support its clients and attract prospective clients. Its online database covering share plans in over 150 countries is a further illustration of the firm’s commitment to its clients, with Aviva, Prudential and Dell all able to focus their global compliance spending where specific advice is needed.

Runner up
  • Roberts Jackson Solicitors

Last year, Roberts Jackson became an alternative business structure by securing a £15m investment from NorthEdge Capital. The move, which values Roberts Jackson at £30m, reflects the firm’s growth since it was established in 2009 and it has more than quadrupled its turnover from 2011/12 to 2013/14. Despite starting out as just a small four people team, the firm also now boasts a 240-person business, enabling it to act as the UK’s only sole claimant industrial disease firm. The £15m investment from NorthEdge means Roberts Jacksons can continue to grow even further giving it the chance to develop new projects for the future.

Third place
  • Giles Wilson

Since its inception in 1997, Giles Wilson has seen its turnover grow 10 fold with it making a profit every month for the last 17 years. The firm’s niche is private client and it is recognised for its expertise in handling delicate family situations and mental capacity issues. It has recently invested in the Castle Point Citizens Advice Bureau website to present a series of animated videos to help people make sense of mental capacity and powers of attorney. The firm also prides itself in funding Court of Protection and probate applications without requiring the client to pay up front.

  • Kempner & Partners
  • Lester Morrill
  • TT Law
  • Virtuoso Legal