Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Commercial Law Firm
  • Year established:
    1988
  • UK locations:
    Scotland

About Harper Macleod LLP


What is it like to work for Harper Macleod LLP

Leadership
Leadership
Their communication strategy ensures that the leaders of the firm interact and communicate with staff at all levels, for example the three year strategy was rolled out not just to the partners but to all staff. The leaders believe in empowering employees whilst giving full support, for example the Chief Executive fully supports the Healthy Working Lives committee and Health and Safety committee, however he allows more junior employees to manage the groups. The leaders are actively involved in staff meetings, department meetings, and Practice Group meetings and attend the social events which are open to all levels of staff. The leaders ensure that they action feedback and suggestions of staff. All offices are open plan and they operate an open door policy throughout. There are half year presentations which take place twice a year to all staff in a local venue with drinks and canapés provided afterwards so that staff can ask questions informally.
Wellbeing
Wellbeing
The firm is committed to the welfare of employees and as part of this; they achieved recognition through the Healthy Working Lives award, aimed at promoting health awareness and healthy activity at work and out of work. They understand that it can be difficult to balance a healthy lifestyle with work and therefore a number of initiatives resulted in them achieving this award, including nutrition seminars, promotion of physical activity, and smoking cessation group. These were received very positively by staff and in turn have boosted morale and reduced absence levels. The firm encourages work-life balance and operates a flexible working policy. Their culture very much supports family life and they currently have twenty employees working flexible hours, part time hours or reduced hours. They also understand that when they are funding further qualifications that it can be difficult to balance this with work and home life, which is why they offer paid study leave for those undertaking qualifications with them.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Harper Macleod support their local community through a variety of processes including training, assisting at local colleges and universities, school projects and charities. They also currently provide pro bono legal support for parents of children with autism, referred to them by the National Autistic Society Advocacy for Education service. They were shortlisted at the TFN Charity Awards for the Partnership Award for this work and were highly commended for their efforts. They have a Corporate Social Responsibility group that meets on a monthly basis with individuals from different areas of the firm, at different levels. Within this group they have an individual dedicated to environmental issues. They have introduced a variety of measures within each of their office locations to increase environmental awareness and reduce the environmental impact of their business, for example, recycling plastic bottles, cans and general paper. All employees have the opportunity to nominate for the charity list annually and there is no limit to the amount that is matched.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare
    Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

Company Statistics

  • Number of Staff:

    220

  • Staff:

    220

  • Earning £35,000+:

    32%

  • Average Age:

    35

  • Male : Female:

    35% / 65%

  • UK sites:

    4

  • Staff Turnover:

    4%

  • Graduate Vacancy Locations:

    Legal Traineeships in Private Client Department, Legal Traineeships in Corporate Department, Legal Traineeships in Real Estate Department, Legal Traineeships in Insurance Department, Legal Traineeships in Debt Recovery Department, Legal Traineeships in Litigation Department, Legal Traineeships in Banking Department, Legal Traineeships in Employment Department, HR Department, IT Department

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