Our success as a top 100 firm is due to the excellence of our people.
We are seen as unstuffy, diverse and independent-minded. Our strong professional collaborative culture demands the best from each person at every level, whether they are a partner, associate or IT specialist.
We pride ourselves on providing a supportive and inclusive environment to inspire confidence and progression for all. Our commitment to career development and investing in people is at the forefront of what we do. We run regular comprehensive training programmes tailored to various levels of expertise to help our people take the next step in their career whether it is technical specialism or management. Additionally we offer a benefits package which includes life assurance, health screenings and a wellbeing programme.
Our strong client base and unusually broad practice makes us special. We are able to provide a range of legal advice to commercial, not-for-profit, regulatory and personal clients across a range of sectors.
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"
Our business services operate as an integral central resource to the firm, responsible for the financial, secretarial, marketing, facilities, training, human resources and IT needs.
Business services staff have varied backgrounds from former lawyers to those who have had the opportunity to develop their career within the firm. The support and high quality service the group provides is invaluable to the firm's success.
We also provide career support opportunities for those who wish to diversify their skills to client work. As such we often support those wishing to acquire additional skills such as an ILEX qualification through our secretarial training and development programme.