Legal firm standing out from the crowd

A number of legal firms continue to battle it out in the Best Companies League tables this year.  However, the front runner is Penninsula Business Services and is a new entrant into the league table – landing in 3rd place overall. And its doing something a little different.

It is the only legal firm whose managers score amongst the highest in the league tables with 92% of employees feeling their manager showed appreciation for a good job.  The other legal firms that appear in the Best Companies list typically compete for position based on their fair deal, personal growth, wellbeing and/or social responsibility practices. 

What is interesting here is the common focus on clear and effective HR practices by the majority of the legal firms making it into the Best Companies lists.  Yet, Penninsula’s focus instead on the behaviours of its managers and their relationship with employees makes them stand out in this sector.  Peninsula’s managing director insists on a caring and hands on approach to personal issues.  They train managers to identify tell-tale signs of personal issues such as lateness, changes in character, aggressive behaviour or changes in performance.

Will this new entrant into the league table cause the other firms to change tack this year and start focusing on the behaviours of their leaders, managers and teams to gain a competitive edge? 


Below is the list of legal firms in this year’s league tables

2014 rank 2013 rank Company Business description UK headquarters Staff Revenue (£m)
3 NEW Peninsula Business Services Employment law consultancy Manchester 759 69.7
20 12 Mishcon de Reya Legal firm London 529 83.4
25 46 Baker & McKenzie Legal firm London 703 129.1
42 NEW Hymans Robertson Professional services London 605 60.2
49 NEW Kingsley Napley LLP Legal firm London 280 28
54 33 Lewis Silkin LLP Legal firm London 324 41.3
58 NEW Withy King LLP Legal firm Bath 264 17.2
66 57 Mills & Reeve Legal firm London 862 70.9
81 88 Withers LLP Legal firm London 439 117.8
86 NEW Reed Smith LLP Legal firm London 609 n/a

Small companies table

2014 rank 2013 rank Company Business description UK headquarters Employees Revenue (£m)
56 NEW Nockolds Solicitors Legal firm Bishop 88 4.5


 Source: Best Companies 2014

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