Flexibility, investment in training and staff well-being came up trumps for TLW Solicitors at the 2017 Northern Law Awards. The North-Shields based firm, which was also shortlisted in the Law Firm of the Year, Rising Star and Practise Management categories, beat off stiff competition from some much larger firms and budgets to win the Employer of the Year award.
To win the award TLW had to demonstrate how it ‘offers the best possible opportunities’ for its employees. Ongoing investment in staff training and well-being, staff away-days, charitable giving and regular internal communications were highlighted as part of the entry with judges praising TLW’s flexible working policy and staff retention record.
Partner Peter McKenna said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Employer of the Year award. We invest a lot of time and effort into making TLW Solicitors a great place to work and pride ourselves on being the best – both for our staff and clients.
“This award recognises the continued self-improvement and learning of our staff and is something which we are very proud of.”
This latest success follows another busy year for the firm which has seen it branch out into new areas of work including serious injury and mis-sold solar panels and successfully gain re-accreditation with Lexcel, the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care.
The firm has also continued to boost its expertise and learning by strengthening partnerships with charities such as Momentum.
Alistair McDonald, head of marketing and business development at TLW and shortlisted for the Law Practice Management award, said: “We work very hard to make sure our team is happy. We aim to get the best possible results for our clients and we know that investment in our staff, through training and well-being, means we’ll get the best outcomes.
“Ultimately, our staff and our clients benefit from us bringing together the legal expertise and experience in our team with new partnerships, staff rewards and access to learning.”