Switalskis reaches £15 million in turnover

Switalskis Solicitors has recorded turnover of £15 million for the first time.

The firm, now with 260 members of staff and 13 offices across Yorkshire, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Its turnover of £15 million represents an increase of 25% on the previous year.

Switalskis managing director John Durkan said: “In many ways, Switalskis is unrecognisable from the practice established in Wakefield 25 years ago. However, I’m incredibly proud to say that the growth we have achieved has not been at the expense of the firm’s core ethos of access to justice and a first-class legal service for all.”

“The growth we have achieved is through the diversification of our practice areas, recruiting additional staff, acquiring firms/departments and opening offices in new locations. Even in the highly competitive private client and personal injury markets we have successfully grown these service areas.”

He added: “We have, however, not lost sight of the core values of our business and continue to be committed to providing legal aid services, whilst our reliance on legal aid work has reduced significantly due to the aforementioned diversification, such that it now represents 25% of company turnover.”

“We are investing significantly in attracting and retaining the highest calibre staff. This year we introduced our first Associate Development Programme, which saw the promotion of 12 new associates within the team last month.”

Switalskis is also celebrating its recent shortlisting for Medium Law Firm of the Year, in the Yorkshire Legal Awards, which will take place in October.

The firm has also marked its 25th anniversary with a number of charitable initiatives, including a gruelling ‘Tour de Swits’ cycling challenge in June. The challenge saw 16 members of the team ride 195 miles, visiting 10 of the 13 Switalskis offices across the region and raising more than £10,000 for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Since Switalskis started supporting the fund in 2017, the firm has raised more than £18,000.

Durkan said the rest of the 25th anniversary celebrations will involve the Switalskis team. He explained: “Following this year’s growth and everyone’s charitable efforts, we are marking our quarter century with a party for the team and a monthly staff lotto. Without them, our continued success simply wouldn’t be possible, and I’m very much looking forward to everybody having an opportunity to share in that success.”

Pictured standing, from left to right: Sharron Hardman, Razia Jogi, Ranjit Uppal, Allan Layfield, Steve Dibb, Rob Casey, Alison Kaye, Richard Shore, Sarah Tipton Walker, Mark Hollinghurst, Lisa Phillips, Alex Guy, Suzanne Munroe and Janet Baker
Seated, from left to right: John Durkan and Lorrette Law