Wragge & Co LLP

http://www.wragge.com

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Everyone counts at Wragge & Co, demonstrated by the fact that the Birmingham-based legal firm has featured on The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list since the surveys began in 2001. Wragge is a caring meritocracy with a focus on personal development and a commitment to charity. Founded in 1834, the company advises clients worldwide in both the private and public sectors. Services include dispute resolution, real estate, corporate, human resources, finance and technology law. Employees say colleagues care for one another, giving an 80% positive score, and would strongly recommend working for the organisation (81%). About 58% of the 1,148 staff earn more than £25,000 and a quarter make £55,000-plus. Flexible benefits include performance-related pay, a profit-related bonus, childcare support, extra holidays, discounted services and a concierge service. There is a contributory pension scheme, with the company putting in 5%. Maternity leave is above the statutory minimum, with the initial six weeks at full pay, and new dads receive two weeks' paternity leave at full pay. Wragge employees feel they receive fair pay for their responsibilities and believe they are paid fairly in comparison to colleagues (both questions eliciting a 63% positive response). They are also happy with their pay and benefits (66%). Staff are involved at all levels of corporate giving, including selecting the firm's charity of the year. This year it is KidsOut, which helps disadvantaged youngsters. There are opportunities to volunteer for good causes too. Employees sit on the eco team that aims to reduce the company's environmental impact, with the energy needed to power the main office coming from renewable sources, and 75% recycled paper used. People feel the company makes a positive difference to the world (a relatively high score of 59%), that it gives back to the community (69%) and that it works hard to protect the environment (72%). A brochure is regularly sent to all staff so that they can plan their training in conjunction with managers. Senior staff design and deliver much of the technical training, backed by a budget in excess of £2m, with a specific investment of £700,000 in the past year on leadership development. Everyone has online learning access at their desks. People feel that their work is stimulating (71%), that their jobs are good for personal growth and that the experience they gain is valuable for the future (both 78%).

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85% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The company offers a broad range of development opportunities and programmes. There are online programmes that are available to all staff, including a business development programme which was developed especially for their staff. Their online Skills Guide provides development help for all individuals in the firm who can both plan their development and access a range of media to use themselves or in their teams. All staff have access to learning portals with development resources. One of the learning portals is produced by one of the UK's leading business schools and they customise part of it for their staff. There are also conferences and away days which often involve an element of sharing vision, development, teamwork and fun. Each person has a minimum of twice yearly appraisal discussions with their line managers to talk about their achievements, appraisal objectives, performance and to set their objectives or development points for the forthcoming year. The majority of their people will also receive regular feedback following work with clients or regular one to one meetings.

My Team

85% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

They take a genuine interest in their people and want to encourage every individual to be the best they can be. If someone has a disability or medical concern they will look as far as is reasonably possible to support that person. They understand it can be daunting to speak out and some people could be worried about how the firm, or their manager, might react if they asked for help. Therefore, last year we introduced Disability Champions who are available to help fellow employees by offering confidential, non-judgmental support and encouragement. This support will vary depending on the individual's situation and wishes but may just be providing a sympathetic ear or offering practical support by knowing where they can get appropriate help and guidance. They also support employees who are going through fertility treatment, which is an exceptionally stressful time, by offering confidential support by way of someone to talk to who has some understanding of what they are going through and time off for treatment and flexibility for appointments.

Personal Growth

78% of staff agreed

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

They take a genuine interest in their people and want to encourage every individual to be the best they can be. If someone has a disability or medical concern they will look as far as is reasonably possible to support that person. They understand it can be daunting to speak out and some people could be worried about how the firm, or their manager, might react if they asked for help. Therefore, last year we introduced Disability Champions who are available to help fellow employees by offering confidential, non-judgmental support and encouragement. This support will vary depending on the individual's situation and wishes but may just be providing a sympathetic ear or offering practical support by knowing where they can get appropriate help and guidance. They also support employees who are going through fertility treatment, which is an exceptionally stressful time, by offering confidential support by way of someone to talk to who has some understanding of what they are going through and time off for treatment and flexibility for appointments.

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