Brodies LLP has achieved accreditation as an Investor in People and Investor in Young People – becoming one of the first law firms in the UK to be recognised for excellence in people management in both categories.
Brodies has also signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge, a Scottish Government initiative that requires signatories to uphold the principles of fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation in the workplace.
Both the Scottish Business Pledge and Investor in People accreditations demonstrate the firm’s commitment to investing in the development of its people and seeking to help lead the way in adopting modern business practices in the professional services sector.
The Investors in People (IIP) accreditation follows a rigorous and objective assessment process in which assessors reviewed Brodies’ strategy, management structure and personnel development initiatives. They then met with randomly-selected lawyers and staff across Brodies’ offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to gauge their understanding of the firm’s strategic direction and values.
Brodies met all nine criteria set out in the Scottish Business Pledge, which include paying a minimum of the living wage to all staff, investing in young people, innovation, supporting progressive workforce engagement and playing an active role in the community.
Bill Drummond, Brodies’ Managing Partner, said: “These commitments to both transparency and best practice are welcomed by the firm and we’re pleased to see that our long-term investment in our people has been formally recognised in this way.”
Kirstie Maclennan, Director of Human Resources at Brodies, who is responsible for the firm’s training and development programme, said: “The Investors in People accreditation is renowned for being the most successful framework for business improvement through people. The accreditation shows our continued commitment to the training and development of our colleagues no matter what stage they are at in their career.
“We are particularly proud to be one of the first law firms in the UK to be named as an Investor in Young People. We always strive to develop and nurture younger employees, and to have this officially recognised is an achievement with which we are extremely pleased.
“The assessment process for this award is rigorous, and we were delighted that our staff spoke positively of our approach and understood the part they play in taking the firm forward. We aim to lead by example at Brodies, and to know that we have created an environment in which people support each other and work with a common purpose in delivering our clients’ and our business’s objectives is reassuring.
“Our Board was pleased to make a further commitment to the future of Brodies’ people in the form of the Scottish Business Pledge and to continue to put fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation at the heart of our business strategy.”
Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Brodies. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their commitment to continuous improvement. Investors in People offers a flexible, practical and easy to use business improvement tool designed to help organisations and their people achieve their objectives. I hope that more organisations in the area will be encouraged to sharpen their competitive edge by choosing to work with us.”
Brodies recently passed the 600 personnel mark, cementing its place as the largest law firm in Scotland.