Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Innovative rewards and talent retention post-merger

A transitional year for the law firm, which has had to place a number of HR projects on hold to focus on integration following the trans-Atlantic merger of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner back in February. We predict a busy start to 2019 for the company, which will look to review and freshen-up both its reward and benefits package and training strategy. Proposed initiatives must be appropriate for the entire group and able to be rolled-out in both the UK and US. A number of senior decision-makers have been appointed this year, including a Chief People Officer, Head of L&D and Head of Reward & Benefits, each of whom will be looking to make an impression in their new roles, further increasing the likelihood of a forthcoming change in strategic direction. The business will also be investing in internal comms, as it faces the new challenge of communicating its HR offering to a much larger and more dispersed workforce post-merger.

Trainee retention: One area the firm is currently focusing on is talent retention, particularly when it comes to trainees. It recently announced a retention score of 79%, already an improvement on the 64% recorded at the beginning of the year but nonetheless a figure it wants to improve. The legal sector is incredibly competitive and BCLP is looking for innovative rewards to help it differentiate from its competitors, as well as career development schemes and leadership training.

Inclusion strategy: The business continues to develop its diversity and inclusion strategy that it launched in 2015. The strategy involves regular initiatives in six key areas; Culture, Disability, Family, Gender, LGBT and Ethnicity. Partnerships in place across these areas include the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, the Disability Network, Working Families and Opportunity Now, and the company has also been commended for its school outreach, placing fourth in the 2018 Social Mobility Index. It will be looking to invest in unconscious bias training for its managers to ensure that career development remains inclusive.

Revenue: £700m

Number of employees: 1,600

Financial year end: April 30

New appointments this year:

Chief People Officer – John Lucy

Head of HR, Projects & Operations – Laura Sussums-Sheikh

Head of Reward & Benefits – Claire Braybrooke-Gibbens

Head of L&D – Clare Robertson

Other key contacts:

HR Director – Vivienne Ball