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Kendal law firm keeps place among UK’s top employers

John Chesworth
John Chesworth

[A] Kendal law firm has been named among the UK’s best employers for a second year running.

Harrison Drury has made the prestigious Sunday Times list of the ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ and this year has placed even higher.

The firm is ranked 37th in this year’s list which is compiled after an in-depth study of how good companies treat their employees. The company was ranked 38th last year when it entered the list for the first time.

The Best Companies list was revealed at an awards ceremony held last night at the Battersea Evolution conference venue in London.

John Chesworth, managing director of Harrison Drury, said: “We were so proud to make the list in 2016. We’ve been told that retaining your place in the top 100 is even harder than getting there, so we’re thrilled to have made it even higher up the list this year.

“We believe that if our employees feel valued and enjoy working at Harrison Drury they will look after our clients better. It’s how we continue growing as a business.”

The Best Companies survey examines company life and reveals how employees really perceive their working environment. The research looks at factors such as working conditions, company values, staff’s opinion of their managers and how valued they feel.

Harrison Drury also gained a Three-Star accreditation for employee engagement, the highest available, after receiving back 96% of the surveys sent out to staff.

April-Jayne Barnes, HR manager at Harrison Drury, added: “We’re showing people that they can have a challenging and rewarding legal career in the North West. We’ve got big plans this year and we’re hopeful we can make it three in a row next time.”

In the last 12-months, Harrison Drury has launched a new company intranet called The Hub and improved its reward and recognition through a company-funded employee awards evening where employees voted for their colleagues.

It also relaunched its ‘one-to-one’ personal development process and improved communication within the business with a specific focus on getting to know each other better. The firm also brought in a wellbeing consultant to ensure a happy and healthy workforce.

Harrison Drury is a one of the region’s fastest-growing law firms and has gone from 21 staff at the end of 2010 to 91 staff at the end of 2016.

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