Building Legal Solutions
- AuthorSteven Petty
There’s been plenty of news recently about a tight labour market across the country and the legal sector is certainly no exception. The shortage of good lawyers is particularly acute in the commercial property sphere and it’s become more important than ever for firms to stand out from the crowd when trying to attract new talent. As we are looking to grow our team once again, I’ve decided to use this week’s blog post to showcase some of the benefits of a career at Feldon Dunsmore.
The quality of the working environment has become more important than ever. A policy of requiring all staff to work in the office five days a week is seemingly gone forever but I wonder whether part of the push for more home working is more about removing the time and stress of commuting into town and city centre offices or the soulless nature of the modern business park than it is about a genuine objection to the principle of everyone gathering together to work under one roof.
We have a passion for training young lawyers and face-to-face interaction in that context is absolutely invaluable. I know I have found it much easier to offer support and mentoring to our young lawyers now that we are back in the office than I was ever able to do on a Zoom call during lockdown. Even for those who are more experienced, the ability to bounce ideas off one another is still much easier when we are together in the office.
So whilst we do offer everyone the opportunity to work one or two days a week at home, we have also made our office environment as attractive as possible so that office-based work is not the poor relation of home working. The most significant change we have made to our office environment this year is to relocate from the middle of a modern business park to the idyllic Warwick Castle Park. This is a grade I registered park of over 700 acres traversed by the river Avon. Every outlook from the windows of our offices is a delight and at lunchtimes we have the enormous privilege of being able to take a stroll through the park itself with no other company but the wildlife enjoying this beautiful natural setting - see a few pictures below. Several of the team now forego the opportunity to work from home because it is, quite simply, an absolute pleasure to come to work here. All lawyers know that working in our profession can be stressful and the utter tranquillity of our office environment offers the perfect antidote to that stress.
I’ve always believed that one of the biggest factors for any lawyer considering a move is the quality of work a firm can offer. We are very fortunate (you make your own luck: Ed) to have attracted clients and work that are typically only serviced by large city-centre practices. Despite that, we are still a close-knit team and the culture of the business is very different to that of a larger firm. The work is both varied and intellectually challenging so if you have a brain that likes to be put through a thorough workout then this is the place for you.
Finally, the people are critical to making any business a rewarding place to work. I’m now in the enviable position of working amongst colleagues who are passionate about what they do; work to an incredibly high technical level; and most importantly of all support each other on a daily basis.