Ranked 6th in the Journal’s Top 50 Best Places To Work, our Legal 500 UK rankings have soared in 2019, as have our financial results. A happy coincidence or a tangible link between strong performance and a positive workplace culture? Managing Partner Jason Wainwright explains.
“I have always believed clients have better experiences when they deal with happy people who feel valued. Investors In People have just extended our Gold status until 2022 and our assessor said we were one of the best businesses he’d seen after 92% of our people agreed that Muckle is a great place to work.
“We’ve improved or maintained our Legal 500 results in every area, with more top tier rankings than ever before. Established areas like Corporate & Commercial, Banking and Real Estate rank in tier one, as do our highly specialist areas like Education, Charities, Debt Recovery, Media & Entertainment and Sport – where we remain the only Northern team ranked.
“Our City-calibre Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property teams have also achieved top tier status.
“You might be surprised at the scale of our work, whether that’s acting for The FA for over 8 years, advising on complex international litigation involving music icons like the members of Duran Duran or supporting one of the region’s most important deals of the decade – Hays Travel’s acquisition of Thomas Cook’s retail estate.
“Muckle is proof that you can remain independent, retain your regional focus and perform at the very highest level.
“We reached an amazing milestone in 2019. Each year we give 1% of our annual profits to the Muckle Fund at the Community Foundation and we have now donated over £500,000 in grants to local charitable causes. That’s on top of all the volunteering and pro bono work our people do.
“People in the sector thought we were mad to introduce agile working, but work-life balance is really important to us and, thanks to our core values – Trust, Teamwork, Responsibility, and Care, it’s been a great success.
“Employee satisfaction has never been higher, client feedback is excellent and we’re winning more business, which helps us invest more in our people and our communities. It’s a virtuous circle.
“We’ve created a special place to work that’s different to other law firms. The sector is simply asking more of its workforce, so we’re also asking our people what Muckle can do for them. Our people’s ideas matter, their ambitions matter, their wellbeing matters and now we’re seeing a step change in performance and engagement levels with more fantastic results to come. Watch this (work)space!”