Top 50 Survey of Firms, 2007

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With more than £1bn on top of last year’s combined revenues, there’s no doubt
that the UK’s Top 50 firms have had another very successful year. Total combined
revenues are now up to £8.7bn, a huge figure, though that is, of course,
dominated by the Big Four. Audit, despite sometimes appearing like the
Cinderella service line, is still the Top 50’s biggest money spinner.

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But our survey reveals much more. On average women make up only 9.7% of
partners within a firm and the number of female qualifieds has dropped year on
year by two percentage points. Partners from ethnic minority groups still only
make up 5.9% of the total.

Our analysis also spotlights the growing gap between the Big Four and the
mid-tier firms that are chasing them. That gap has grown begging the question –
has the debate on audit choice had any effect at all? BDO Stoy Hayward’s Jeremy
Newman thinks it hasn’t and believes the explanation is all about investment.

And partners are growing older. But does that mean there are huge succession
problems looming on the horizon? Some observers do and believe the trend will
lead to greater consolidation in the market place.

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50 survey results

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All the news and analysis of the Top 50, 2007:

  • News

Larger firms still failing on ethnic minority partners

Big Four widen the gap

Male domination of profession continues

  • Analysis

The profession’s show of strength

The gap becomes chasm

Failing to be diverse

Audit is the top earner

You’re getting older

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