Turnover up 20 per cent at Harrison Drury

North West law firm Harrison Drury has been accepted onto the Growth Accelerator scheme after reporting turnover growth of 21 per cent and a 43 per cent jump in profits.

The firm – which has offices in Preston, Garstang and Kendal – has credited its recent growth with its strong focus on the SME market where it advises on services including business protection, dispute resolution, employment law and commercial property.

The firm’s impressive financial growth in 2012 follows a 15 per cent increase in turnover in 2011. Six fee-earning staff have been recruited by the firm in the last 12-months.

The government’s Growth Accelerator scheme provides tailored support for businesses committed to achieving growth of 20 per cent year on year.

John Chesworth, managing partner of Harrison Drury, said: “At a time of great flux for the legal sector, we’ve been very clear about what our target market is and also determined in our commitment to offering our clients value for money.

“For example, our HD Anytime and HR Compass products have focused on giving business owners and entrepreneurs a fixed fee legal service and we’ve also invested heavily in expertise. We will continue to innovate in the way we provide legal services as we seek out further growth opportunities.

“Growth Accelerator has a genuine desire to help high growth businesses like ours and we’re pleased to be on board.”

Hayley Huddart, growth manager for Lancashire at Growth Accelerator, said: “Harrison Drury is an ambitious company with strong growth potential and we will be working closely with John and the senior management team to help the firm realise that growth.”

Harrison Drury has 34 staff including 21 fee earners. The firm launched its Kendal office in January 2013 as part of its ambitious growth plans. In 2011 the firm launched HD Anytime, becoming one of the first firms in the region to offer a fixed fee legal service aimed at the SME market. Growth Accelerator businesses are offered personalised business support from a network of business experts in the areas of commercial innovation, business development, access to finance and developing leadership skills.