• Every quarter we hold an ‘Open Forum’ where colleagues can ask the JMPs and other senior managers anything they want
• Our Ideas Drop app is automatically installed on everyone’s laptops and phones – anyone can submit an idea – 100 ideas have been received in 6 months
• As part of our annual partner assessment we ask partners to cite at least three partners who have helped them in the previous year and at least three partners they have helped – and that is one of the factors which feeds onto our remuneration assessment
We have lower chargeable hours target than most City law firms – we actively encourage and expect our staff to spend time investing in their careers and development and not just focus on doing work. Examples of what this means in reality are the Lewis Silkin business school with courses and classes aimed at all aspects of people’s development, and the annual targets that everyone has for pro-bono and responsible business (volunteering) hours. We have built and continue to build a market leading and profitable law firm but which is firmly based on our values of bravery and kindness – and judging by our retention rates this has been a success!
Our structure is relatively flat for a law firm and colleagues from all levels and parts of the business are represented on the Employee Council and on key committees related to areas such as D&I. Colleagues are consulted on key projects and opportunities to help shape these are in many cases open to all.
We have a high trust and a high challenge environment, so with all of our lawyers and our business service folks we encourage and facilitate them to take ownership of and manage their careers from a very early stage. We encourage our lawyers to get involved with and make meaningful contributions to clients and client work. We also have easy-to-use software to make setting, monitoring and achieving goals part of ‘business as usual’ at Lewis Silkin.
….they are authentic. Our culture is encapsulated by our ethos of ‘bravery and kindness’. There are examples of this in every aspect of the way we do things. The LinkedIn profile of our Chair, Jo Evans is just one example of that – in it she writes ‘if you want a career in law but don’t have any contacts, get in touch with me’ – recognising that for many people from socially and economically challenged backgrounds, their early careers will be held back by a lack of networking opportunities.
As a firm we have a collective desire to be a force for good in the world, helping our clients, our colleagues and our wider
communities. This is an important aspect of the distinctive Lewis Silkin culture and ethos, and one that underpins how
we act as a socially and environmentally responsible business. Everyone is expected, empowered and encouraged to spend 30 hours each year participating in Responsible Business activities. Under our Pro Bono Policy up to 20 hours pro bono time each year can be considered billable hours when assessing targets, and fee earners must demonstrate a meaningful contribution to pro bono in order to pass through career progression gateways from 2023.
The Joint Managing Partners lead by example – they are famous for taking the time to speak and listen to anyone and everyone in the business. Even very junior colleagues report having long conversations around the water cooler with them! Every single person that starts with the firm gets a 30 minute meeting with the joint managing partners. Every quarter they host an ‘Open Forum’ where anyone can ask questions (anonymously or in person) and they will answer them in front of the whole firm – authentically and honestly.
Our defining benefit is a fundamental and very unusual one – colleagues are given the freedom to do a good job. The team are trusted and given the space to use their skills and ability. People also have the opportunity to gravitate towards the work and work areas that they are most interested in, and to shape both their own careers and the firm as they do so.
During the pandemic every effort was made to support colleagues, from allowing staff to work from home to providing increased wellbeing support and providing an allowance for home office equipment. Since restrictions eased we have introduced a hybrid working model, with most staff working in the office two days a week. We now make a real effort to ensure that time spent in the office is valuable and valued – by encouraging people to use their office days for meetings and discussions (not just ‘getting on with work’) and to build in time for socialising and shared activities.
Lewis Silkin is a commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast and Hong Kong. We work with leading businesses to protect and enhance their most important assets — their ideas, their people, and their future. We call it: Ideas. People. Possibilities.
We have two things at our core: people — both ours and yours — and a focus on creative, tech and innovation. Our culture is encapsulated by our ethos of bravery and kindness. We aim to provide a supportive environment for our people, clients and wider community and embrace diversity, ensuring people are able to bring their full selves to work.
Lewis Silkin LLP 5 Chancery Lane Clifford’s Inn London EC4A 1BL
Lewis Silkin LLP
Joint Managing Partners: Richard Miskella, Giles Crown
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