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Brabners is a leading independent law firm which helps private, public, third sector organisations and private individuals achieve their goals. It provides legal services to large and mid-sized businesses, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals.
The firm’s enviable client base covers sectors as diverse as charity, healthcare, housing and regeneration, media and technology, manufacturing and supply chain, real estate, recruitment and sport.
Brabners is home to nationally recognised experts in several practice areas and has over 400 colleagues working across its Liverpool, Manchester and Preston offices. The firm has been in business since 1815 and has an independent grant-making charity, the Brabners Foundation.
“We are absolutely delighted to have received a three-star rating from Best Companies. This reflects ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement, and indicates we are making great progress in our ambition to become the employer of choice. This is an exceptional achievement and stands as a testament to the hard work, resilience and commitment of our people during this very challenging year. I want to thank our people for going above and beyond and continuing to put their trust in our firm. We have set a high bar for ourselves, but I know that we will raise that bar even higher in 2021, so we can continue to make the difference for our clients, our people and the communities we serve”- Robert White, CEO
Leading up to the first national lockdown, Brabners’ leadership team provided firm-wide updates on its preparations in response to the pandemic, which centred on the protection of the health and wellbeing of its people and ensuring business continuity. It established a Covid-19 response group, made up of senior leaders from across the business, which provided regular communications throughout the pandemic via email and video. A dedicated intranet area was built to hold all Covid-related communications for all to access, and a dedicated email address was established so employees had the opportunity to feedback directly to the leadership team.
The organisation launched a wellbeing strategy and adapted it to support people during the challenges presented by the pandemic. This included weekly communications signposting employees to helpful resources online around mental, physical and financial wellbeing, as well as a 10-week mindfulness programme and a four- week yoga class. They also launched a virtual 24-hour GP service for routine consultations when appointments were difficult to come by and paid for flu vaccinations.
Brabners supported staff experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic through the offer of interest-free hardship loans. They also invested in Mental Health First Aid Training, delivered virtually to ensure timely implementation across the business. The organisation also decided to reward all their people with an additional day of annual leave, given the hard work and sacrifice that employees made during the summer months.
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