After an ‘incredible twelve months’, Afirm based in Stratford-upon-Avon embarked upon its largest ever recruitment drive. This comes as more national companies defy the Covid downturn.

Lodders has regional offices in Birmingham, Cheltenham and Henley-in-Arden. It plans to hire at least 40 people through its regional offices by 2022, thereby increasing its workforce by more that 25%.

Paul Mourton, managing partner of the firm, said that it is in a “really strong” place. “Despite the challenges of Covid we have had an amazing 12 months with record-breaking revenue growth and new clients. Our teams have also been working with many of Britain’s top players in their respective industries and sectors.

Mourton stated that the region’s ongoing expansion plans include a recruitment drive. “Now is the right time to build upon the firm’s strength and implement the next phase of our strategic plan, that will be the springboard to more growth.

Bevan Brittan, a national top 100 firm, celebrated a 30% increase in profits, going from PS11.35m to PS14.7m for 2020/21. Duncan Weir, managing partner, said that growth was evident in the emerging markets and established markets. These include higher education and local and central government.

According to research by chartered accountants and business advisors Hazlewoods, law firms in the UK borrowed nearly PS700m from government Covid-19 support programs. However, many have not touched a single penny. Many practices, including the national top-50 firm Freeths have repaid furlough money after years of better than expected.