What are the best law firms for company culture?

by Heat Recruitment

Finding out who the best law firms for company culture are could help you in the search for your dream job.

Whether you’re a well-seasoned legal professional or a recent graduate, finding a law firm with a great company culture is key to maintaining your motivation – and fortunately, it isn’t as hard as you might think. In recent years, the arrival of Millennial talent to the workplace has been a catalyst for culture change, and with competition heating up, law firms are increasingly focused on retaining top talent.

In today’s fast-evolving legal sector, a growing number of employers are pioneering industry-wide change by nurturing healthy working environments that boost morale, employee satisfaction and productivity.  Some of the best law firms for culture include:

1.     Mills & Reeve

As the only law firm to have been named in The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work For list 16 years running, Mills & Reeve has cemented its reputationas an employer of choice in the legal sector for its innovative environment and ability to maintain staff morale. As one of their lawyers puts it, “There’s a certain type of person who is ‘Mills & Reeve – they don’t have an agenda and they aren’t arrogant”.

2.     Bristows

With offices in London and Brussels, IT law firm Bristows have been championing diversity long before it became a buzzword. According to a partner of the firm, Bristow’s had an “LGBT-friendly culture before most other firms” and had “one of the first ‘out’ gay corporate/M&A partners in the City in the 1990s”. In the RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2019 survey, Bristow’s came out top of the table for company culture with a strong 97 per cent of staff praising the firm for its inclusive policies and collaborative organisational culture.

3.     Burges Salmon

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon have succeeded in crafting an employer brand that attracts a diverse range of legal talent thanks to the collaborative culture and respectful working environment it has strived to create. According to the firm’s website, Burges Salmon recruit candidates who make work enjoyable for themselves and those around them. Thanks to the supportive company culture they have maintained, and the work-life balance its employees enjoy, the firm enjoys an impressive talent retention rate.

4.     Osborne Clarke

Committed to fostering an inclusive environment, Osborne Clarke have built a reputation in Bristol and London (not to mention Europe and the US) for their investment in legal talent, regardless of their background. Trainees of the firm have publicly praised the culture at Osborne Clarke, claiming that its lack of ingrained hierarchy ensures employees at all stages in their career feel their input is valued and encouraged. Rumour has it their social events aren’t half bad either.

5.     TLT

The empowering culture at TLT cannot solely be attributed to their open plan offices and collaborative attitudes but the trust they place in their employees. Recognised in the legal community for their commitment to developing talent, TLT take an active interest in the work-life balance of its lawyers, offering a wide range of benefits such as flexible working to help people reach their full potential.

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by Dan Hazzard