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Howes Percival named in Top 100 ‘Best Companies’ list 3rd year running

Leading law firm Howes Percival has been ranked in the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list for the third year running. 

The list celebrates excellence in workplace engagement and is widely acknowledged as the most searching and extensive research into employee engagement carried out in the UK. 

The results are based on employee opinions on how the company supports wellbeing in the workplace, gives something back to society, shows strong leadership and teamwork, provides opportunities for personal growth and offers fair pay and benefits.  Only the organisations with the highest level of overall employee engagement qualify for the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list. 

This year’s list confirmed Howes Percival in 59th position in the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For category. The firm achieved a 2 star Best Companies accreditation, which is given to organisations with an ‘outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement. In addition, Howes Percival ranked 8th in the Top 10 Best Large Law Firms to Work For 2022 list. 

Howes Percival provides a full service legal offering to corporate and private clients.  Clients include Government departments, international brands and household names. The firm also maintains a strong core client base of SMEs and family-owned businesses, plus high net worth individuals.   

Howes Percival’s Chairperson, Geraint Davies, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work For, again.  To be listed three years running demonstrates the kind of consistency and progression we, as a management team, have been aiming for.  We have been on a journey, and it has taken long term commitment and investment from the firm, but we have firmly positioned Howes Percival as a progressive, people-first employer of choice.

“The listing is based on employee opinions, so to get this reinforcement from our own people makes it very special indeed. The pandemic forced everyone to think differently about how we work, and support staff and we’ve used that to reinvent a lot of what we do.  We have created far more ways of listening and communicating with our staff and a whole raft of new initiatives to support career development, management training and personal wellbeing.  It means supporting staff by running everything from a ‘mini MBA’ programme to making sure that every employee’s home working set-up is healthy for them and safe, as well as ensuring the technology enables them to work effectively.

“We’ve listened to and worked with staff to evolve our flexible working guidance to strike the right balance for everyone in terms of home and office.  Our “locate for your diary” approach was developed around staff feedback and striking the right balance between working from the office and working from home. Being more flexible and allowing our people to work how they see fit, while supporting their teams and clients, has improved engagement, effectiveness and demonstrates trust in our people.”

Geraint concluded, “As well as improving the engagement of our existing team, the work we’ve done is so important in terms of recruitment. We want to keep and nurture the people we already have, but we also want to grow the firm by attracting the very best people. When the employment market is as competitive as it is now, this accreditation can make a huge difference. Applicants know that all our roles have been comprehensively benchmarked in terms of salary and benefits and that we will provide a safe and supportive environment where their career can flourish.”

For more information about working at Howes Percival visit: https://www.howespercival.com/careers/careers-main/working-at-howes-percival/

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Notes to editors:

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.  It has 47 partners and 171 lawyers in total.

The firm is recommended in The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.  In the 2023 guide, no fewer than 10 different departments achieved the guide’s highest possible ranking (Tier 1): Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation; Dispute Resolution – Debt Recovery; Finance – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Human Resources – Employment Law; Private Client – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning; Intellectual Property.