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UK partners at this BigLaw firm were paid more than their profits, report says

K&L Gates paid its partners in the United Kingdom more money than they earned in profits last year, necessitating a cash infusion from the United States, according to a published report.

According to Legal Week, the shortfall was about 1.75 million pounds, which translates to about $2.79 million at today’s rates. The figures were published because the firm is a limited liability partnership.

The story also says K&L Gates sought to sublet more than 10 percent of its office space last year at its prime London location “to reduce its exposure to the high rental costs.”

K&L Gates published 2012 financial figures online earlier this year that showed the firm has no bank debt and “negligible retirement expenses as a percentage of revenues.” According to the report (PDF), “Indicia of financial stability remained high in 2012.”

A law firm spokesperson declined to comment on the Legal Week report.

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