People first for law firm

Regional law firm Howes Percival has achieved Investors in People accreditation for another three years.

The prestigious global benchmark for people management was originally founded in 1991 as a government project to make work better. Investors in People assesses how an organisation is performing against its ‘we invest in people’ framework and advises businesses on how to improve workplace culture in areas such as employee engagement, communication, organisational culture and work practices.

The firm, with branches in Cambridge and Norwich, has been accredited for 20 years: the process of reaccreditation involves assessment every three years across nine key indicator areas including leadership, values and behaviours, managing performance and continuous improvement. The process also includes a staff survey and interviews with employees.

Chairperson Geraint Davies commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have renewed our ‘Investors in People’ accreditation. At Howes Percival, we understand that our people are our most valuable asset, and we are dedicated to providing them with the tools and opportunities needed to grow and develop. The accreditation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to investing in our people and ensuring they have the support and resources necessary to excel in their roles.

“This is also recognition for the investment we’ve made in our People team and the hard work they have been doing for a number of years now. Working through the Investors in People framework has had a positive impact on the quality of our people practices, helped us achieve higher levels of staff engagement and will help us recruit and retain the very best people going forward.”

The latest Investors in People report cited that people at Howes Percival have a high level of trust in the leaders, are encouraged to use initiative and are well supported through the performance development and review process.

The report also said the extent and range of investment in people activity was ‘impressive’ including career development frameworks, the learning platform and mentoring. It also acknowledged the strong belief that career aspirations can be met within the organisation.

Natalie Clarke, Head of People, commented, “We are very proud of achieving reaccreditation and believe it highlights our continued dedication to excellence and continuous improvement. We will keep investing in our people and working together to build an environment where people want to work and enjoy working. I would like to thank everyone at Howes Percival for their contribution to this achievement and look forward to continuing to work together to reach new heights.”

In addition to the Investors in People accreditation, Howes Percival has also been ranked in the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list, three years running and ranked 8th best large law firm to work for. More information here.

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