The Lifeline Project was a well-regarded charity. Failure to carry out the targets within the contracts led the charity into insolvency and resulted in a personal, 7-year disqualification order.
The firm’s latest financial results for 2013-14 show revenue growth of 7.2 per cent achieving a £14.5million turnover for the first time in the firm’s 40 year history, up from £13.5million in 2012-13. Net profits increased to £3.3million in 2014, up from £2.3million in 2013, a significant 43% increase in profit.
ACS’s growth has been boosted by a programme of strategic investment in high quality people and new online communication systems that bring greater value to clients.
These investments are now yielding benefits for the 25-strong partnership of 240 staff, explained senior partner Peter Hubbard (pictured).
He said: “This has been a landmark year of growth for ACS and we are greatly encouraged by these results.
“During the past year we have continued to develop as a values led, sector specialist firm with a national influence and a vocational approach to serving our clients.
“Our specialisation is key in order to provide our clients with a depth of great service which is delivered by committed and technically excellent people with a passion for transforming communities and people's lives across the country.
“We certainly see challenges in the market including deregulation of the legal sector, the reduction to the legal aid budget and an increasingly competitive battle for talent.
“I am confident that our firm is very well placed to deal with change in the environment in which we operate and indeed flourish over the next few years.
“Our financial results are testament to the commitment of our people, which is second to none, and I am hugely grateful for their contributions.”
ACS’s confidence in the future is underlined by a string of outstanding achievements for clients across all its key sectors – health and social care, social enterprise, local government and regeneration, faith communities, housing, children and young people, and private client services.
Highlights include the recent landmark ruling in an international surrogacy case brought forward by ACS, which extends the time limit for applying for parental orders, and has far-reaching implications for all areas of child law.
Equally, ACS has been appointed by the Cabinet Office to advise on eight national pilot projects under the Mutuals Support Programme, exploring future options for the delivery of public services.
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