Ince & Co was a United Kingdom-based holding company with a core business in legal services, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange.[3] The company also offered complementary services in accounting, financial services, consulting, and pensions advice.[4] It was previously known as Ince Gordon Dadds LLP, following the acquisition of Ince & Co by Gordon Dadds Group LLP,[5] and rebranded as The Ince Group in August 2019.[6]

No. of offices21
No. of employees700
Major practice areasGeneral Practice
Key peopleDonald Brown
(Chief Executive)[1]
Simon Howard
RevenueDecrease £97.0 million (2021/22)[2]
Date founded1866

In 2022, The Ince Group ranked 47th in The Lawyer UK 200 list, with £100.2 million in revenue during the previous year.[6] As of 2021, the firm operated in 9 countries and had 21 offices, and employed over 700 employees worldwide, including support staff.[7] The chief executive officer was Donald Brown, while the non-executive chairman was Simon Howard.[8]

In May 2023, Axiom DWFM purchased the firm out of administration and reverted its name to Ince & Co. On 3 October 2023, the Solicitors Regulation Authority intervened to close down Axiom Ince.[9]

History edit

In 2017, Gordon Dadds LLP became the second law firm to list on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange, raising £20 million, two years after Gateley became the first UK law firm to have an IPO.[10][11] The Legal Services Act of 2007, which went into force in 2012, had made it possible for non-lawyers to own or invest in law firms organised as "alternative business structures".[12] In 2018, Gordon Dadds acquired Metcalfes Solicitors in Bristol.[13]

In early 2019, Gordon Dadds LLP acquired the UK and Chinese businesses of Ince & Co for an estimated £21 million in consideration,[14] creating the largest publicly traded law firm in the UK based on revenue at the time, until DWF went public in March of that year.[15][16] Both Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co were well established in the field of insurance law.[17] Gordon Dadds was known for resolving large and complex disputes in the London and international markets,[17] and had a private client and family practice,[18] while Ince & Co was a network of international commercial law firms,[17] specialising in the shipping and insurance sectors,[19] as well as energy and aviation.[6]

Six months into the merger, the firm rebranded the name of most of its legal businesses, including most of its international offices, to "Ince";[5] only its private client business then in Mayfair retained the name "Gordon Dadds".[6] For its financial year 2020, the combined firm reported an 87% increase in revenue, followed by a slowdown in growth in subsequent years.[20] On 13 March 2022, the firm's IT team shut down its servers after detecting a cyber attack;[21] in April, it was granted an injunction to deter hackers from leaking its data online.[22]

In April 2023, Ince Gordon Dadds filed for administration while Donald Brown reportedly attempted to reclaim the firm.[23] Less than one month later, the firm was purchased by Axiom DWFM and operated under the former name "Ince & Co."[24] All former Ince employees were re-hired.[24]

Notable lawyers edit

References edit

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  20. ^ Baker, Tom (24 May 2022). "Cyber attack and Ukraine invasion blamed as Ince sees revenue slump 3%". Legal Business. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
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  26. ^ Nair, Ajay (6 July 2018). "'Speedo diplomacy': Who is Lewis Pugh?". Sky News. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  27. ^ Shute, Joe (1 September 2018). "Jellyfish stings, plastic waste and ferocious storms: Lewis Pugh on swimming the length of the English Channel". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  28. ^ Nair, Krishnan (24 August 2018). "Keystone adds Ince competition head and ex-Addleshaws Qatar chief in 10-strong series of hires". (International ed.). Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  29. ^ Dead In The Water: Murder and Fraud in the World's Most Secretive Industry, Matthew Campbell, Kit Chellel, Atlantic Books, 2022
  30. ^ Lloyd's of London- A Reputation at Risk, Godfrey Hodgson, Allen Lane, 1984, p. 187

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