STEWARTS

We’re the UK's largest litigation-only law firm, we act for corporate and individual clients in high-value and complex disputes.
http://www.stewartslaw.com

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Stewarts stands out from the legal crowd as a litigation-only firm, acting for both corporate and individual clients. Established in 1990, it has more than 390 staff, including more than 70 partners, at offices in London and Leeds.

Its caseload encompasses personal injury disputes, clinical negligence, divorce, commercial and competition litigation, tax and international arbitration. This enables its staff to develop a wide range of expertise and experience.

The business is guided by core values of teamwork, innovation, manners and excellence to provide a supportive atmosphere for its employees, who include paralegals and IT experts.

A key message for new recruits, who are provided with the tools that allow them to excel, is that everyone is capable of making progress at Stewarts.

It has a diversity and inclusion strategy enhanced by a committee made up of a cross-section of staff, which is responsible for implementing initiatives that embed inclusion into the firm's activities and actions. They are supplemented by diversity champions who organise events and raise awareness.

A milestone in the firm's history was the incorporation of the Stewarts Foundation in 2010, which was set up to formalise its charitable giving. In the 10 years that followed, it donated a total of £6.1m to more than 180 charities.

John Cahill, the Managing Partner, believes it is important “that our business goes beyond our day-to-day professional duties and engages in the cares and concerns of society”.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

76% of staff agreed

My manager cares about how satisfied I am in my job

Staff receive an appraisal twice a year, in spring and autumn, to monitor and identify areas of improvement. Managers are asked to appraise their colleagues based on the SMART objective, which requires constructive comments to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic or Relevant and Timely.

Wellbeing

68% of staff agreed

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

Staff working from home during the pandemic received advice on health, travel, stress and managing family life, while their professional training continued online. The social side of the office was maintained, too – yoga poses were held, team drinks were drunk and the choir sang.

Fair Deal

71% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

Employees are rewarded for innovation and good citizenship. When Stewarts introduced mental health first-aiders, it invested part of its training budget and supported employees' time to allow them to attend training that gave them a recognised qualification. The group reported additional job satisfaction in being able to provide the service.

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