A law firm celebrating its 10th anniversary has made positive dramatic changes to its processes as part of a company inclusion and recruitment drive that will streamline the services it offers to SME’s across Leicester.
Edward Hands & Lewis (EHL) is a law firm dedicated to providing local companies with much needed legal advice that is often too expensive for SME’s. As a family-run business, Director Jason Hathaway is keen to include all members of his team throughout EHL’s ten offices promoting a confident culture that is inclusive with a fresh and friendly approach when it comes to interacting with clients.
This initiative has seen a small group of offices all move in together at City Gate House on St Margaret’s Street in the Leicester city centre. EHL have taken space over three floors, having expanded from one floor that they have occupied for just over the last 12 months.
Jason Hathaway, Managing Partner at EHL said: “The main drive for the move was that we had head office functions, so HR, accounts, IT, all in different locations. The decision was made to bring everybody under one roof in a larger space, because we need to expand those teams to service the increasing workload, so it’s all part of one move which has been really positive.”
The move officially began mid-June and was completed ahead of schedule in the last week of July. Already, Jason has seen this has had a huge constructive impact on the way his team operates.
“Already as a group we now socialise more together both in and out of the workplace. Seeing these teams spending more time around each other makes you realise that there is nothing stronger than face to face working relationships.
“Not only is Leicester a fantastic place to be, but as an added benefit, our offices are less than a 2-minute walk from the city centre, giving the staff huge choices on what to do during their breaks and after work.
“Now that we are in and settled, the staff on the whole are very happy. Parking was a big talking point on the lead up to the change, so we committed ourselves as a business to pay for parking for the majority of our staff. This location has also massively benefited a large percentage of our junior staff, as they are now able to get the bus or a train into the centre and walk to the office, so on the whole this has worked out really well for everyone.”
Future plans for the business include franchising EHL. The Syston office is the company’s pilot franchise, which Jason says is doing well in getting the systems in place for the official launch of the franchiseeships next year. People have already been in touch to enquire about franchising opportunities and Jason says EHL will be charging 15% in insurance, regulations and licencing fees.