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Russell-Cooke has a distinctive feel and character. We are diverse, unstuffy and independent-minded.
We provide a friendly and inclusive working environment based on mutual trust and respect. There is a culture of consultation and openness: all staff at the firm are given the opportunity to air their views on the running of the firm annually through a Staff Survey and at Executives and Secretarial Conferences. The intranet provides transparency with nearly all financial and other information available to all staff, which is unusual.
We are committed to continuous professional development through offering a variety of work and knowledge sharing. Our rewarding environment encourages staff to be confident in their own abilities and take on responsibilities from day one.
We have a diverse workforce and aim to attract high calibre applicants that reflect the demography of our geographical location and client base. Individuals will be employed solely on merit and the requirements of the position. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion. Reasonable adjustments will be made to eliminate or reduce disadvantage.
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Russell-Cooke always welcomes approaches by people well regarded in their field and who will complement our portfolio of services, whether individuals or teams. We have a successful track record of integrating a number of specialist departments into the firm, where the cultures were compatible.
The firm is financially very stable which results from consistent strong financial performance being a priority. This enables the partnership to direct its focus towards the health and development of the firm through investment in its staff and the future.
Partners have a high degree of independence and autonomy to develop and run their own practices, but there is a commitment to a common vision. This is that by continuing to invest in and develop the breadth of practice we encourage growth and a secure financial position, as well as ensuring the cultural mix of staff and clients that is important to our identity and continuing our valued participation as part of the fabric of society whether through the legal aid work we do or our work with local businesses.
Many of our partners and their teams are recognised as leaders in their field.
The firm is an LLP that is managed by an elected Board.
Lawyers at Russell-Cooke have the opportunity to work with leaders in their field on high quality, challenging work for established and loyal clients, providing creative and commercial solutions. They are trusted with responsibility and independence, and given the opportunity and choices to develop their own practice.
It is unusual for a firm to be so large with such a breadth of practice, and our lawyers find the variety of clients and colleagues, as well as the culture and opportunities this produces very rewarding.
The working environment is stimulating and dynamic within a wider culture that is friendly and informal. Whilst expectations are high, the hours and targets are reasonable: we recognise the value of our staff having a healthy work/life balance, and the benefit to the firm of well-rounded employees with outside interests.
The breadth of practice means we attract lawyers from vastly different backgrounds:
- those with a commercial background in a larger firm find the opportunity to broaden their experience, find their own strengths and develop their own judgment very rewarding.
- those from smaller practices value the quality of the work and clients, the opportunity for career development, the financial security and the support provided by a good infrastructure.
Our lawyers are described by the legal directories Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 as:
"understated yet highly proficient"
"committed to securing the best result for...clients"
"...a match for anyone in London"
The variety of fee earners we have gives us the flexibility to do this in a cost effective manner. We employ a number of foreign qualified lawyers, associates and Fellows of ILEX, conveyancers, paralegals and other executives.
We are open-minded about the nature of people's qualifications: if they have the right qualities and prove themselves to be bright and hard-working they will be involved in interesting, challenging work and are encouraged to develop their career in the direction that they choose. All fee-earners are trusted to function independently using sound judgment and creative thinking.
Our legal secretaries are integral members of each department who contribute to the quality service our clients receive and the success of the firm. We value their contribution and they recognise this by staying with us.
They appreciate the varied and interesting work, and a working environment that is fair and respectful but informal, with a relatively flat structure. Their hard work and contribution to the firm is rewarded by inclusion in the firm's bonus schemes.
In return we expect high standards of technical ability, professionalism and client care from all secretaries.
There are opportunities for those who wish to stretch themselves to carry out fee earning tasks, and the firm has often supported secretaries to acquire additional skills, such as ILEX qualifications, where it is relevant to their work. All our secretaries are able to benefit from the ongoing training and development programme.
Our support staff operate as an integral central resource to the firm: IT, Marketing, Professional Development, Accounts, Facilities and Human Resources.
The support and high quality service that these teams provide to the firm and the fee-earners are invaluable to the firm's success and we invest in the people who provide them. Contributions at all levels are appreciated and valued. Their hard work and contribution to the firm is rewarded by inclusion in the firm's bonus schemes.
Our professional support staff have varied backgrounds from former lawyers to those who have had the opportunity to develop their career within the firm, but they all demonstrate the initiative and imagination needed to address the issues involved in running a successful law firm.
Our support staff appreciate a working environment which is informal but professional and the flat structure that enables them to work in an efficient and collaborative manner - and many have been with us for well over 15 years.
We are looking for people with partnership potential who have the energy and ambition to become successful lawyers in their chosen field.
Visit our trainee page to find out more.
We value our employees and endeavour to take care of their wellbeing, whether through our various health benefits or extra-curricular activities.
We encourage our staff to join the firm in our group activities which include; annual quiz night, charitable events, various clubs, summer party and Christmas party. We are proud to support our football, netball and cricket teams; the highs as well as the lows.
The Russell-Cooke intranet ensures transparency of information. News items about the firm as a whole or individuals, and significant work undertaken by our teams is published in order that we can all share in the successes of our colleagues.
Our current package of benefits include:
- up to 25 days holiday per annum, (increasing following completion of appropriate length of service)
- bonus scheme
- candidate referral scheme
- childcare voucher scheme
- cycle to work scheme
- employee assistance programme (Wellbeing)
- interest free loans (season ticket, parking permit, computer)
- life assurance
- income protection insurance
- private medical insurance
- free DSE eye test
- annual flu jab
- health screening
Certain benefits are available to UK qualified employees only, or available upon completion of appropriate length of service.