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Devon law firm wins national award for its corporate culture
Posted on: March 19th 2020
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A leading Devon law firm has been recognised for its culture at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Stephens Scown LLP won Best Corporate Culture at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2020.

Described as “clever and lively” by the judges, Stephens Scown’s winning entry was for a business development campaign that used 70’s music as its theme. The campaign included fun competitions, training, business development guides and initiatives to encourage greater cross-team working.

The Managing Partners’ Forum awards are now in their 18th year and aim to demonstrate the vital contribution leaders and management experts make. Over 200 firms entered the awards, including top 20 law firms Hogan Lovells, Eversheds Sutherland, Pinsent Masons, and Bird & Bird, as well as “big 4” accountants PwC.

“This was a fun campaign with a serious mission – to encourage greater knowledge sharing between teams in order to provide even better service to our clients,” explains Richard Baker, Stephens Scown’s managing partner. “Yet again, we have shown that by doing things the Stephens Scown way, we can beat the best in the country.”

The judges of the Managing Partners’ Forum said: “The winner, Stephens Scown, tackled a very common issue in professional services firms, in a clever and lively way – namely, cross-referral. They engaged staff right across the firm with impressive support from the senior leadership. The initiative had a major and measurable impact on the business. The judges' view was that the changes were highly likely to become embedded in the culture – and they will never be able to listen to Abba in the same way again!”

The latest awards win comes on the back of news that Stephens Scown has been ranked in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for a sixth year. The firm’s family team also won a prestigious national award in November last year, being named Family Law Team of the Year – South at the Family Law Awards.

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