Charles Russell LLP

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Law firm Charles Russell helps put the wind in the sails of British paralympian Helena Lucas. The company provides free legal advice on commercial and sponsorship agreements for the yachtswoman and this support helped her compete in the Beijing Paralympics last year. This new entry is a company that takes its pro bono work very seriously. Last year, 85 of the 648 staff volunteered for good causes, and the organisation offers everyone 14 hours of paid leave to do this. There is an annual charity of the year and staff say that the legal practice gives a lot back to local communities near its offices in London, Guildford, Cheltenham, Oxford and Cambridge (a 58% positive score). Work includes corporate and commercial projects, dispute resolution and family law. Employees say they get a Fair Deal from the firm (65%). More than 100 people earn over £100,000. Fee-earners have a personal bonus linked to their performance, and non fee-earners have a bonus linked to the practice's overall results. Everyone has a Christmas bonus, while good efforts through the year are rewarded with champagne, flowers and thank-you notes. People feel fairly paid for their responsibilities (66%) and other benefits include private healthcare, permanent health insurance, life assurance and a pension matching contributions at 5% of salary. Maternity leave includes 15 weeks on full pay and new fathers have two weeks off, fully paid. Employees are happy with their pay and benefits (67%). Staff say they aren't under too much pressure to perform well (72%) and have realistic deadlines (70%). They say there are no limits to how much they can learn and grow (65%) and they find company training beneficial (67%). Managers care about people as individuals (75%), are supportive (76%) and show appreciation for a job well done (74%). Employees find the work stimulating (74%) and are proud to be part of the organisation (80%).

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

64% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Charles Russell provides a range of different events for teams such as quiz nights, firm wide drinks and a River Thames boat party. Individual offices have their own events and sporting activities which include tennis tournaments, regular football and netball tournaments. In addition annual away days are a regular feature within the organisation and varies from service to service

My Team

81% of staff agreed

My work is stimulating

To encourage employee's personal growth within the organisation employees can attend skills training sessions throughout the year, trainee solicitors have a structured training programme in line with requirements set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. They also support professional development through further learning and external training courses, attendance at industry networking events and provide internal training and seminars for employees to further develop their skills.

Personal Growth

85% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

This organisation provides a supportive and friendly working environment with an ‘open door' policy by management. The practice has identified that internal communication is key to ensuring a collaborative environment. Great efforts are made to promote transparency and knowledge sharing amongst employees through regular updates from each service, communication emails and internal events. In addition to support and develop management training there is a new partner training programme and newly qualified solicitors training programme that operates on an annual basis.

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