Tough tactics secure awards for LawNet firms

03 Dec Tough tactics secure awards for LawNet firms


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The hard-hitters were out in force at this year’s LawNet awards, with the winning firms all showcasing strategies that are putting them out in front.  

Leading the winners by scooping the Law Firm of the Year Awards were London and South East firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP in the 16+ partner category and Bath based Mogers Solicitors LLP taking the award for Law Firm of the Year with up to 15 partners.

Announcing the awards, John Thomas, chief executive of LawNet, the long-standing law firm network for mid-size independent firms, said:   “Entrants this year were exceptional, across the country and from very different sized firms.  It seems none of our members are waiting for the changes in the sector to hit them – they’re all out there, driving forward new customer-facing initiatives and strengthening their internal processes.”

Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has tripled turnover during the past three years and is just shy of a Top 100 listing on turnover.  They’ve already achieved a profit per equity partner ratio that puts them in the Top 20 with a strategy that has seen them develop a national reputation for expertise in investment and retail banking litigation.

Said Clare Stothard, chair of the Matthew Arnold & Baldwin management board:  “Winning awards such as this is testament to the stellar efforts of colleagues across the firm. Having put in place an ambitious strategy, with client service and commitment to outstanding legal advice at its heart, we are thrilled to have had our success recognised by LawNet.”

In Bath, Mogers has achieved its best ever annual turnover and net profit, with residential matters up 50%, litigation by nearly 90% and departmental cross referrals up nearly 50%.

The LawNet Mark of Excellence Award went to Midlands-based FBC Manby Bowdler LLP for incorporating the new LawNet Mark of Excellence customer service standard at the heart of a cultural shift within the firm, that has seen them secure a coveted ranking in the national Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Best Use of Technology went to Fidler & Pepper Solicitors for an innovative online solution to tenancy management for landlords, with a simple system for staying legally compliant whilst speeding up action on rent arrears.

Young Lawyer of the Year winner was Judith Rountree of Gardner Leader LLP who is making a name for herself with high level contentious probate work and a strong focus on business development activities for her firm.

Best Use of Social Media went to Ashton KCJ, with a winning strategy that has included Twitter and LinkedIn; Facebook advertising campaigns and YouTube information-style videos, backed up with training for lawyers to help them take part and all delivering tangible results for the firm.

The award for Excellence in Risk Management and Compliance went to Vanderpump & Sykes Solicitors for the second year running, recognising their continuing outstanding performance and approach to quality processes.

Added LawNet’s John Thomas:  “Awards recognise the achievements of the firms, whose innovation provides a valuable contribution to the standing of the LawNet network, as well as recognising the staff who are behind these outstanding outcomes.”


Best Use of Technology : Fidler & Pepper Solicitors : sponsored by Tikit

Best Use of Social Media : Ashton KCJ : sponsored by Conscious Solutions

Excellence in Risk Management & Compliance : Vanderpump & Sykes Solicitors LLP : sponsored by QBE

Young Lawyer of the Year : Judith Rountree, Gardner Leader LLP : sponsored by Sweet & Maxwell
LawNet Mark of Excellence Award : FBC Manby Bowdler LLP : sponsored by Shopper Anonymous and Law League

Law Firm of the Year (up to 15 partners)  : Mogers Solicitors LLP : sponsored by Wilkinson Read

Law Firm of the Year (16 plus partners) : Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP : sponsored by Wilkinson Read

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About LawNet:

LawNet was established in 1989 to enable a collaborative, non-competing national network where independent law firms could access big firm resources and benefit from collective purchasing, shared knowledge, best practice and expertise.

All members share a commitment to excellence and must achieve and maintain LawNet’s own ISO.9001 standard and the associated Mark of Excellence in client service.

The combined income of the 66 firms comprising LawNet is currently in excess of £250m – equivalent to a UK Top 15 law firm – with members ranging from £2m to £15m turnover.

Independent research shows LawNet is most highly valued by members for delivering in six key areas – training, networking, PII, practice development, marketing and compliance.  It currently places some £1.2bn worth of PI cover alone for members each year, which helps stabilise premiums for firms.

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