Mills & Reeve

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“Our clients are telling us they face a time like no other and that the pace of change is so extreme it can be overwhelming. Resilience is essential,” says legal firm Mills & Reeve LLP, which has placed clients at the heart of its new 2025 strategy and is looking to help them through the current challenges through a new Building Resilience campaign.

The firm was founded in 1880 by Henry Mills and Edmund Reeve to work on the new tram system under development in Norwich. In 1986 it merged with Cambridge firm Francis & Co. This introduced the firm to the technology market in Cambridge and the Cambridge colleges, some of the wealthiest landowners in the country. We expanded into Birmingham in 1998 and in 2000s we added offices in London, Leeds and Manchester.

Innovation continues to run through everything the firm does with the company receiving a “standout” mention in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards for developing our free Life Questions app that allows NHS workers to put their affairs in order quickly and efficiently in case they became sick during the pandemic.

As members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and Net Positives, the firm have consistently reduced their carbon emissions by working with employees & suppliers to implement improvements and initiatives such as creating a travel smart programme to reduce non-essential business travel, and ensuring no waste goes to landfill through waste streaming.

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Wellbeing

79% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

This year, Mills and Reeve rolled out some new wellbeing initiatives such as virtual all-staff wellbeing meetings, support groups and free yoga and exercise sessions, as well as 25 Mental Health first aiders and an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) that provides access to online counselling sessions.
Giving Something Back

87% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

The Mills & Reeve Charitable Trust is a registered charity, funded by donations from the Partners. The guiding principle is that the Trust wishes to help people who are “on the edge of society” because of social or health issues, and supports an annual Charity Challenge where employees are encouraged to record various well-being activities.
My Manager

83% of staff agreed

My manager shares important knowledge and information with me

The firm runs a number of management programmes to support both new and existing managers and leaders within the business. Working with Zoom has changed the way the business can offer learning, improving access and enabling them to segment learning into modules on specific topics, delivered over longer timeframes.
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79% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

This year, Mills and Reeve rolled out some new wellbeing initiatives such as virtual all-staff wellbeing meetings, support groups and free yoga and exercise sessions, as well as 25 Mental Health first aiders and an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) that provides access to online counselling sessions.
Giving Something Back
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87% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

The Mills & Reeve Charitable Trust is a registered charity, funded by donations from the Partners. The guiding principle is that the Trust wishes to help people who are “on the edge of society” because of social or health issues, and supports an annual Charity Challenge where employees are encouraged to record various well-being activities.
My Manager
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83% of staff agreed

My manager shares important knowledge and information with me

The firm runs a number of management programmes to support both new and existing managers and leaders within the business. Working with Zoom has changed the way the business can offer learning, improving access and enabling them to segment learning into modules on specific topics, delivered over longer timeframes.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1880
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
40
Employee average age
33% : 67%
Male : Female employee ratio
60%
Employees earning £35k+
9%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Ensuring that the firm is a great place to work has been fundamental to our collaborative culture and our success for many years. Being a leader in people experience forms a key part of our firm’s 2025 strategy. The wellbeing of our staff has been of even more importance since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. We have run many wellbeing sessions covering a wide variety of topics, set up a kids club to support employees home schooling and organised firm wide charity challenges aimed at encouraging staff to take time away from their desks. A key measure of our employee engagement is our own bi-annual all staff survey which we have been running for the past 20 years. It was great to see the results of our 2021 staff survey which showed strong and improving levels of staff engagement from an already high base. Ninety-seven per cent of our people would recommend us as a great place to work, an impressive score which has been maintained from the previous survey in 2019 despite the challenges of the pandemic. There is always more we can improve on and we take all staff feedback incredibly seriously which helps us to identify areas of focus and shape our strategy as we strive to be a leader in people experience and a firm where our people thrive and others want to join.

Claire Clarke, Managing Partner - Mills & Reeve LLP

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