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Law firm announces wellbeing day off for staff


The additional day off is part of a series of initiatives aimed at supporting the team

Howes Percival is giving its staff an extra day off this year to help boost their wellbeing and as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic. 

The leading law firm, which is ranked1 in the ‘UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For’ and in the top 5 Best Law Firms to work for, will close its offices on Tuesday 31 August 2021 for the wellbeing day.

The day is part of a range of initiatives and resources that support the wellbeing of its people, including flexible working and hybrid working, career break policies, emotional resilience training, on-line pilates, mental health first aider champions, and employee assistance programmes that provide a wealth of support including access to a 24/7 online GP as well as mental, physical and financial health support.    

Geraint Davies, Howes Percival’s Chairperson commented, “The COVID pandemic has created unprecedented changes to both people’s working and home lives.  We’ve not only had to cope with the anxiety and isolation caused by the pandemic itself, but concerns for our loved ones, and the stresses of adapting to remote working and home-schooling.  Everyone has been working hard, and at times, it’s been a struggle to get that work/life balance, especially as people’s homes became their workplaces. 

“The pandemic created some extraordinary challenges.  During the first lockdown we moved entirely to remote working and developed new virtual forums to work together, to provide training and welfare support, and to help staff stay safe and feel connected. For example, in response to staff feedback, we introduced extended lunchbreaks, more flexible working, and created a range of virtual socials including ‘Coffee and Connect’, ‘Fun Friday’ drinks, quizzes, a book club and walking/exercise challenges.”

Geraint Davies continued, “Our staff are our most important resource and we believe it is vital to look after their wellbeing.  We’ve worked with our team over the years to develop a support package that suits the way we work and the culture at Howes Percival, as well as helping to provide physical and mental health support. But, in recognition of the exceptional 17 months we’ve been through, we have decided to give everyone an extra day off in addition to their normal holiday entitlement – to help them relax and recharge their batteries.”

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich. The firm provides a full-service legal offering to corporate and private clients.  Clients include Government departments, international brands, and household names such as Ford Retail, Persimmon Homes, Anchor Hanover Group and FTSE listed pub operator Marston’s. The firm maintains a strong core client base of SMEs and family-owned businesses, plus high net worth individuals.  

For more information about working at Howes Percival and details of current vacancies visit: https://www.howespercival.com/careers/careers-main/working-at-howes-percival/ or to have an informal chat with one of our friendly and discreet HR team, you can get in touch by emailing HumanResources@howespercival.com.

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Gordon or Liz at MAW Communications (www.mawcomms.co.uk) on 01603 505 845

Notes to editors:

1The prestigious list, which was published in May 2021, confirmed Howes Percival in 72nd 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 5th in the Top 20 Best Law Firms to Work For 2021 list. 

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.  It has 51 partners and 169 lawyers in total.

The firm is recommended in The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.  In the 2021 guide, no fewer than 11 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 – Agriculture and Estates; Private Client – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning;  Intellectual Property.