Dorset solicitors Steele Raymond has been named a Lex 100 winner for 2020/21 in seven categories – ‘Approachability’, ‘Living up to Expectations’, ‘Quality of Work Given’, ‘Amount of Client Contact’, ‘Work Life Balance’, ‘Inclusiveness of Workplace Environment’ and ‘Job Satisfaction’.
The Lex 100 is highly regarded amongst students considering a career in the legal profession, providing an up-to-date guide to the UK’s top law firms and insights into life as a trainee solicitor. Each year The Lex 100 publishes a list of the top 100 firms, based on anonymous survey responses from over 2,000 trainees who are asked to score their firm on 12 aspects of both work and lifestyle.
As a regional firm, Steele Raymond has a reputation for punching above its weight and this was reaffirmed by this years’ Lex 100 results.
The South Coast firm consistently outranked many of its National and International peers in some key areas of the survey and was recognised for providing trainees with high level legal work.
Among the positive feedback provided by the awards body, The Lex 100 noted that:
“Steele Raymond has earned an impressive seven Lex 100 Winner awards this year; quality of work and partner approachability just a couple of the medals the firm has amassed.
“Steele Raymond punches above its weight in terms of the high-quality commercial work it undertakes.”
In addition, The Lex 100 made further reference to the quality of work provided to Steele Raymond trainees, saying:
“Recruits [do not] have to compromise on responsibility in any way, rather they are ‘given the opportunity to take ownership of matters’, which ‘prepares [them] for life as an NQ’.”
Roisin Fisher, a former Steele Raymond trainee solicitor who has recently qualified into the firm’s leading Commercial Property team, commented on the Lex 100 results, saying:
“Steele Raymond provides young lawyers with the kind of work you might expect at a larger city firm whilst maintaining a friendly and encouraging workplace environment. It comes as no surprise to see the firm winning awards for ‘Approachability’, ‘Quality of Work’ and ‘Work Life Balance’ as these things are at the very core of everything we do.”
“I have gained some fantastic experience over the last few years assisting the team’s partners with significant transactions and I am delighted to be continuing my career upon qualification with such a forward-thinking firm.”
Steele Raymond are delighted to have obtained these awards, which come at a time of increased pressure and uncertainty not only for their trainees, but for young lawyers everywhere.
The Bournemouth-based firm prides itself on providing trainee solicitors with a clear, structured and transparent career path as well as a notable work life balance and have shown an unshakable commitment to their training programme throughout the recent coronavirus lockdown.
Jennifer Rogerson, Property Partner and Training Principle at Steele Raymond, said:
“To receive such an amazing set of results from the Lex 100 is really very encouraging and adds further justification to the time, effort and passion that the firm devotes to trainees and our ongoing training programme.”
“Each year we see such an impressive calibre of law students wishing to work for and develop their careers at Steele Raymond. Trainee solicitors and placement students are a key part of our continued growth and would be an incredibly valuable asset to any firm.
These latest Lex 100 results are not the first signs that Steele Raymond are providing their young lawyers with a platform and an environment in which they are able to thrive. Not only has the firm received three consecutive nominations (2017, 2018 and 2019) for its training programme at the prestigious LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards, but it has a longstanding track-record for nurturing talent with four of the firm’s partners, Chairman Tim Stone, Nick Davies, Craig Hardman and Emma Stainwright all alumni of the Steele Raymond training programme.
Speaking on their continued success, Chairman and Company Commercial Partner Tim Stone, said:
“As a former Steele Raymond trainee myself, it is so pleasing to see such a positive set of results from this years’ Lex 100. Nurturing top legal talent has always been at the forefront of what we do as a firm – we have seen so many trainees come through the ranks over the years and many now sit in senior partnership positions within the business. Steele Raymond provides our young solicitors with a compelling alternative to life in a city firm, both in terms of the quality and variety of the work that we do and our location on the beautiful Dorset coast. It’s certainly kept me firmly anchored to the firm for over two decades!”
You can find the full set of results for all seven of the categories in which the firm received a Lex 100 winners award below:
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