CSR high on law firm agenda

Law firm Robert Muckle sees no conflict between its position as one of the most successful commercial law firms in the region and its extensive community and charitable work.

Law firm Robert Muckle sees no conflict between its position as one of the most successful commercial law firms in the region and its extensive community and charitable work. Business success is not, in their view, incompatible with care for the wider community. In fact, if they were not successful they would not be able to make the charitable levels of giving that they do.

Senior partner Hugh Welch said: "We had a great year in 2006/7. Turnover increased by nearly 20% and we recruited another 20 people to the business.

"In the last quarter of the year the firm advised on over £100m worth of deals including the aim listing of Vertu Motors and its reverse takeover of the Bristol Street Motors Group."

The partners of Robert Muckle see their role in the broad North-East community to be two fold - they are continuing to build their position as the leading firm in the private company and owner managed business sector, alongside their developing reputation for public company and public sector work.

At the same time they are also concentrating on developing their corporate social responsibility policies.

Hugh Welch continued: "We invest heavily in the training of our people, giving them the best chance to develop their talents and build their careers with us.

"We are currently looking at more initiatives at how we can support a wider range of charities and voluntary organisations by providing unpaid legal work. We also are committed to supporting the arts which play an important role in the North-East community.

"It was great to win The Journal's recent North-East Culture Award in the category of Best Arts and Business Partnership. This was awarded for the partnership we have developed with The SageGateshead.

The judges were impressed at how well the people in both organisations worked together and the benefits seen by both companies by the partnership."

Stephen McNicol, managing partner, said: "As a firm we attract talented people who are joining us, not only because we are a successful business with a great reputation, but they also see a different culture here.

"Training and development are high on our agenda because we believe one of our key differentiators is our people.

"Team work and employee engagement are vitally important and we need like minded people who share the same attitude about working together to provide an excellent service for our clients."

Two of the newest recruits to Robert Muckle are commercial partner Matt Collen who comes from Ward Hadaway and Alan Grisedale, head of the public sector team, who has joined from Dickinson Dees.

Matt Collen said: "I was attracted to Robert Muckle because they are forward thinking and show a real commitment to investing in their people.

"They have an enviable client base and the move to Time Central, Gallowgate, early next year shows the ambitions of the partners."

Hugh Welch concluded: "I believe the combination of success and community involvement will set us apart from many other professional service firms.

"We believe it is the right way to go for our business and reflects the philosophy of many of our clients."

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