When it came to finding out about employee ownership, Nikki Poole, Managing Director of Hedges Law knew she had to speak to Robert Camp.
“Robert was the first person to take a law firm into employee ownership and was instrumental in Stephens Scown placing so highly in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for list. When I started thinking about employee ownership as an option for Hedges Law, I knew Robert’s insights would be incredibly valuable,” says Nikki.
Robert has supported Nikki through the employee ownership process. She says: “He has so much experience in this area, from working with corporate lawyers on the legal aspects to contacts with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. But he also understands that employee ownership is about people and that the employee engagement work and cultural considerations are vital.”
Robert presented to the Hedges Law team and advised Nikki throughout the process. “Robert’s input was so helpful. He provided great suggestions for employee engagement and helped enormously with decisions on the timing and tone of announcements.”
Hedges Law became employee owned in May 2021 and the firm has not looked back. “Robert was a guiding light in helping us to become employee owned. We are still at the very early stages, but employee ownership is already bringing us so much, from helping with recruitment, to encouraging collaboration across teams. We are a firm with a long history, and becoming employee owned secures our future.”