We are delighted to have reached another national shortlisting in three award categories, repeating our success from the last few years of entering the Access Legal Modern Law Awards. These national awards celebrate excellence and innovation within the legal industry, and the Firm is proud to be prominently featured.
The National Stage
Coming hot on the heels of the Firm reaching the final shortlisting across three categories of the LexisNexis Legal Awards, we have replicated this feat in the Modern Law Awards, marking Stephens Scown out as a major performer on the national stage. The awards are in the categories of Workplace Wellbeing, Client Care, and Outstanding Case of the Year – for the Corporate team’s work on the sale of Devon Contract Waste (DCW) to SUEZ, led by Partner Cat Carlton.
The categories in which the Firm is nominated highlights the full spectrum of work done across the business, as well as the importance of supporting Scowners in all aspects of their work and personal lives. Being employee-owned and B Corp™ Certified demonstrates the way in which we are all in it together, with each Scowner invested in providing the best possible service, and those eligible receiving an equal profit share based on the Firm’s performance.
Being shortlisted for our client care recognises our commitment to placing clients at the heart of all that we do, listening to, and adapting to their needs to deliver outstanding care and support that is tailored to clients’ unique needs. Starting from initial contact through to the conclusion of a matter, client service is one of our strategic pillars, and this nomination reflects the hard work across all teams in delivering outstanding client service.
For the Outstanding Case of the Year, Cat Carlton and the Corporate team helped with the sale of DCW, a company operating a zero waste to landfill policy, the first of its kind in the South West. The scope and complexity of the sale, and its alignment with the Firm’s own green credentials was seen by the judges as an outstanding example of cross-team collaboration, making it a worthy finalist in a competitive category.
The wellbeing award recognises businesses demonstrating an innovative and proactive wellbeing strategy, a strong commitment to providing or promoting a positive working environment, showing active leadership support, providing a positive working culture and a holistic approach that has been well received within the firm. It recognises the broad spectrum of employee benefits on offer at Stephens Scown, and especially the empowerment that comes with our employee-ownership model, with every eligible Scowner receiving a share in the Firm’s profits.
The Awards Ceremony
Taking place in London on 7 March, the awards ceremony is set to be a gala night honouring the best that the legal profession has to offer, and one in which Stephens Scown has more than earned its place.
Judges saw the strength and range of the Firm’s work, both internally and externally, in terms of what it offers to its people and its clients. It’s a just reward for another 12 months of growth and progress, with plenty more to come.
Commenting on the nominations, Managing Partner Richard Baker said, “What a great week we’re having in terms of awards shortlistings. It’s a great honour to be selected across three categories in the Modern Law Awards 2024, following on from our similar success in the LexisNexis awards. It shines a light on the remarkable work being carried out across the Firm, and the impact that we’re having at a national level.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work being done throughout the business, and the categories perfectly reflect our core values and strengths as a business; namely our dedication to providing the best possible client experience, an example of the brilliant work being undertaken by our legal teams and our commitment to staff wellbeing. I look forward to the awards evening and showcasing Stephens Scown to a national audience.”