Published on 13 May, 2024 | Back to News/Press

Hall Brown Family Law’s record of looking after the staff behind its achievements has seen it named as one of the UK’s Best Places to Work.

It is one of only two legal firms nationwide and the only boutique practice to feature in the latest edition of the respected annual ranking compiled by the Sunday Times.

Hall Brown is one of 40 companies of all sizes and from a wide range of industries singled out by the newspaper for creating ideal working environments for staff which provide “the best possible platform for business success”.

This latest recognition comes just weeks after Hall Brown revealed that a continued focus on recruiting and developing staff talent had led to a surge in casework and further growth in its turnover.

Managing Partner James Brown described how being regarded amongst Britain’s leading businesses was “vindication” of its approach.

“It is always heartening when someone outside our firm looks favourably not just on the quality of work which we do but the way in which we look after those who do it.

“To find ourselves considered alongside such a variety of companies – many of which are far larger than we are – is an indication that our collective effort really is paying off.

“We believe that it is absolutely essential to strike a balance between support for clients and for our colleagues.

“Clients understand that the lawyers and support staff in each one of our offices do their utmost to help not only because they are extremely professional but because they genuinely enjoy working for us.

“We are constantly striving to find new and relevant ways to make our firm a place where individuals want to work and want to stay.

“Having skilled, enthusiastic staff is an integral part of the progress which we have made and we fully intend to do what we can to keep it that way.”

The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Work classification was this year based on research conducted by the employee experience platform WorkL.

Using a survey devised by behavioural scientists, data analysts, psychologists, business leaders and academics, WorkL scored nominated companies based on their performance in relation to job satisfaction, their ability to reward and protect the well-being of staff as well as instilling a sense of pride in their workplace.

Hall Brown was one of 10 medium-sized organisations, with between 50 and 250 employees, which achieved the most impressive results.

Chris Longcroft, the Executive Vice-President Publisher, The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “All organisations are only as good as the people they employ and retain.

“The awards recognise companies that are innovating to create an engaged and fulfilling working environment for all and in so doing they are creating the best possible platform for business success.

“To be named on The Sunday Times Best Places to Work list is a true recognition of excellence.”

Only last month, Hall Brown announced the promotions of seven staff for their contribution to its advances.

At the time, Mr Brown also disclosed that award-winning firm, which employs a total of 69 people – 51 of whom are fee earners – is on course to see turnover rise by one-sixth to £7.2 million in the current financial year.

The latest expansion by Hall Brown saw it open an office in Birmingham in December, its fifth location after Manchester, London, Sheffield and Leeds.

Hall Brown’s latest national recognition comes two years after it triumphed in a competition to find the UK’s Best Small Company To Work For.

The firm was also the highest ranked specialist family law firm in the legal category in the annual Best Companies awards and placed sixth in the classification for businesses of all sizes in the North West region.

In October, Hall Brown clinched a place as one of the best 250 law firms in England and Wales in a classification compiled by The Times newspaper for the sixth successive year.

During the same month, it appeared once more in the top echelon of family law practitioners in two other prestigious rankings drawn up by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Having been dubbed “the crème de la crème” by Legal 500, Hall Brown was referred to as “incredible” by Chambers and Partners.

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