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 rank2013 rankCompanyBusiness descriptionUK headquartersStaffRevenue (£m)
3NEWPeninsula Business ServicesEmployment law consultancyManchester75969.7
2012Mishcon de ReyaLegal firmLondon52983.4
2546Baker & McKenzieLegal firmLondon703129.1
42NEWHymans RobertsonProfessional servicesLondon60560.2
49NEWKingsley Napley LLPLegal firmLondon28028
5433Lewis Silkin LLPLegal firmLondon32441.3
58NEWWithy King LLPLegal firmBath26417.2
6657Mills & ReeveLegal firmLondon86270.9
8188Withers LLPLegal firmLondon439117.8
86NEWReed Smith LLPLegal firmLondon609n/a

Small companies table

2014 rank2013 rankCompanyBusiness descriptionUK headquartersEmployeesRevenue (£m)
56NEWNockolds SolicitorsLegal firmBishop884.5


 Source: Best Companies 2014