Addleshaw Goddard LLP

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Addleshaw Goddard prides itself on being different to other law firms and a destination for talented people. The commercial law firm, which acts for a number of FTSE 350 clients as well as other public and private organisations, has plenty of evidence to back up its claims. Its lawyers are leaders across a range of practice areas including banking and finance, commercial litigation, competition, construction, defamation, real estate, sport and tax. And when they are not earning fees they can be found doing good deeds, from pro bono work to fundraising and helping in the local community. Every employee gets two days' paid time off to do some kind of voluntary work. A recent batch of new recruits went to Romania to build low-cost housing as part of their induction training. Addleshaw Goddard takes corporate social responsibility seriously and more than 150 people (10% of the workforce) sit on teams linked to diversity, environment and community engagement, enabling them to take an active role in shaping the firm's programme in such matters. Staff are proud to work for the organisation. They have fun and would recommend it to others, earning Addleshaw Goddard an 81% positive score on all three counts. More than a third of the 1,458 employees have been with the firm for at least five years and workers say they would not leave tomorrow (80%) even if offered another job. Leadership and teamwork are particular strengths. The regular briefings undertaken by the senior and managing partners are appreciated for the openness and honesty of the presentations, and the willingness of the senior team to answer questions. This is reflected with a 79% positive score for staff having confidence in the leadership skills of senior management, ranking the firm in the top 30. The company gets its highest scores for giving staff a fair deal, with just 14 other organisations on the list scoring more highly. School hours contracts, compressed hours, working from home and job sharing are among the flexible working options available to staff, about one in seven of whom earns in excess of £100,000. Employees are happy with the pay and benefits (75%) which include medical insurance, an employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers and generous sick pay arrangements. Team events, celebrations and communications involve everyone. When Addleshaw Goddard's corporate team won a legal industry award everyone, including support staff, was included in the drinks celebration that followed. This makes for a close-knit workforce who care a lot about each other (81%). The Leeds office has an on-site gym and in all of the firm's locations employees can take up subsidised gym membership at a health club of their choice. This approach appears to pay dividends, with staff reporting that their health is not suffering because of work (79%)

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My work is an important part of my life


A current example of how they support their lawyers is their Lawyer of 2014 programme. This is about equipping each of their fee earners to have the skills and expertise to be able to make a positive contribution to their business in a way that is aligned with their 2014 objectives. They have identified a number of key stages of an Associate's career, namely: New Associate, Associate Level 1, and Associate Level 2 and moving on to Managing Associate promotion stage. Their development programme has been built around each of these stages. They were one of the first law firms in the UK to introduce the MA level our programmes mark a stage in an associate's career; all have been specifically tailored to Addleshaw Goddard, and are very practical and delivered by a combination of internal and external experts. The programmes have been, and will continue to be, benchmarked against what is offered by other leading professional services providers.

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78% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Addleshaw Goddard's Managers provide clear vision and direction to their team members to enable their team to understand their role and their value to their team. One of their core values is that the Firm is open and honest, and they expect their line managers to listen to their employees and ensure that they are open to considering any queries or concerns that they may have. Their managers explain their decisions and actions and give people an opportunity to respond. Their Managers devote time to coaching their team members and are objective and fair in the way they assess and reward performance. They expect their Managers to provide timely feedback on an open, honest and constructive basis. Feedback sessions are important as it helps an individual understand how they are doing and what is required of them. Importantly, this acts as important upward communication tool so managers can receive feedback and ensure that what they are asking is realistic but also provides stretch and development for the individual.

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78% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future


A current example of how they support their lawyers is their Lawyer of 2014 programme. This is about equipping each of their fee earners to have the skills and expertise to be able to make a positive contribution to their business in a way that is aligned with their 2014 objectives. They have identified a number of key stages of an Associate's career, namely: New Associate, Associate Level 1, and Associate Level 2 and moving on to Managing Associate promotion stage. Their development programme has been built around each of these stages. They were one of the first law firms in the UK to introduce the MA level our programmes mark a stage in an associate's career; all have been specifically tailored to Addleshaw Goddard, and are very practical and delivered by a combination of internal and external experts. The programmes have been, and will continue to be, benchmarked against what is offered by other leading professional services providers.

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