Reed Smith promises fee earners a positive working environment including flexible working, an attractive benefits package and a range of volunteering opportunities.
Training kicks off with the graduate programme, which includes a module on leadership and the opportunity to lead business research projects at clients. The firm also runs a year-long management development programme for more senior lawyers. Communication is aided by a firmwide intranet with a microsite for the London office, which includes a shared office calendar and features recent successes, such as deal highlights.
Reed Smith’s Above and Beyond awards programme recognises exceptional achievement and its sports and social committee runs a range of social, sporting and charity events. The office also operates a wellbeing programme and marks stress awareness day in November by holding a programme of events including sessions on time management, financial planning and mindfulness.
To promote diversity the firm has established a disability taskforce and runs diversity training including unconscious bias awareness.
Kevan Skelton (pictured) , Director of HR, says: “Our graduate programme requires trainees to go to a client before they come here. They work on a business project that really holds their interest. It’s something they want: client exposure and an opportunity that stretches them. It’s interesting work – very interactive, very engaging. It helps them build client relationships and gives them a more commercial mindset, as well as motivating and engaging them.”
What fee earners like about the firm
- ‘Positive culture and the way we do business’
- ‘Excellent facilities and location’
- ‘Everyone from support staff to partner level always appears happy to help’