Testimonials

2017

Best collaboration across the management team

"Entering national awards such as these are a great way to tell our success story and to be seen as a highly reputable firm that is committed to best practice. It gives us a great platform to stand against some of the best professional services firms in the UK and not just the legal market. More importantly it highlights what we can achieve when we work together right across the firm."

Alexa Bleek, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Brachers LLP

Best collaboration across the management team

"We are very proud to win this coveted award. It was a great night in superb company. I’m really pleased that, against some of the best professional service businesses in the country, we flew the flag for Kent and won the Best collaboration award. For us, collaboration, teamwork and engagement are what it’s all about – so that we can really put our clients first and help them meet their business challenges."

Joanna Worby, Managing Partner, Brachers LLP

Best collaboration with external specialists

"We are thrilled to win the MPF award for “Best Collaboration with External Specialists” for our partnership with Kindleworth LLP, who were a tremendous help to us in setting up and rapidly growing our new pensions law firm; it’s terrific that the MPF has an award category that recognises how important teaming up with the right external specialists can be to the success of a professional services business. This award allows us to publicly celebrate ARC and Kindleworth’s joint success on our journey so far."

Chris Mullen, Managing Partner, ARC Pensions Law

Best implementation of systems or technology

"White & Case is honored to be recognised by MPF for our industry-leading intranet. It represents our firm’s commitment to innovation and creative collaboration across our global platform. Tools and resources like this help our lawyers provide the highest level of client service and leverage the breadth of our institutional knowledge."

Oz Benamram, Chief Knowledge Officer, White & Case

Most enviable workplace

"It’s fantastic for Allen & Overy’s workplace to be recognised by MPF in these awards. Our Bishops Square building has great facilities but we’ve worked hard over the past year to make sure it’s a space that really supports how our people want to work, both now and in the future. The new workspaces we introduced were in direct response to feedback from staff, and we’ve had a very positive response to them. We will always be looking for ways to improve our workplace, but it’s wonderful to be recognised by MPF for what we’ve achieved this year."

Edward Mackaness, Associate Director, Allen & Overy

Most environmentally friendly firm

"We pride ourselves on being a responsible firm so it’s really positive to be recognised for our sustainability agenda by our peers."

Gavin Harrison, Head of Internal Sustainability, Deloitte

Most inclusive firm

"Being able to talk openly about our mental wellbeing is vital. Through a variety of initiatives, we are making progress in tackling the stigma around mental health and encouraging our people to have these important conversations. Ensuring an open and inclusive working environment, where each of us can be ourselves, is a priority we take very seriously at Hogan Lovells and we are very proud that this has been recognised by MPF."

Susan Bright, Regional Managing Partner, UK & Africa, Hogan Lovells

Most innovative client service

"The Bird & Bird team had a fantastic evening of celebration at this year's MPF Awards. We were inspired to learn about so many exceptional initiatives being implemented across professional services. We were of course thrilled to pick up the award for Most Innovative Client Service – with innovation and exceptional client service both core to our firm's vision, this was a very important accolade for us."

Louise Field, Head of Client Service


2016

Best collaboration with clients

"The awards present a great platform for benchmarking what you are doing against some of the best professional services firms in Europe. Although it is fantastic to get the recognition of winning an award the real benefit to us is afterwards - hearing from some of the other nominees and what they have done as well as sharing best practice."

Robert Camp, Managing Partner of Stephens Scown LLP

Best community engagement

"The MPF awards are a great opportunity to recognise best practice in the management of professional services. They are also an opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution of business services teams and A&L Goodbody is thrilled to have been again recognised in this way."

Ian White, Director of Strategy & Business Transformation, A&L Goodbody

Best leadership of innovation

"We founded Gate One because of a collective ambition to create a different kind of consulting firm. Creating an culture of innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset is integral to everything we are trying to achieve. Winning the MPF award for leadership of innovation is terrific recognition of the success of our incubator scheme in accomplishing this and importantly the huge efforts our people have put in to make it work. We are very honoured and very grateful."

Alex McEvoy, Director

Best managed workplace

"Lane4’s purpose is to build winning organisations - making a difference to organisational performance and people’s working lives. Winning this award reflects our commitment to practising what we preach in creating our own winning organisation. We are very proud to be recognised in this way, and to share our success with our employees, clients and industry peers alike."

Adrian Moorhouse, Managing Director

Best strategic leadership

"It was fantastic for the team to win the Best Strategic Leadership Award, particularly as it recognises the significant contribution of many people from across the firm to the professional running of our business. The MPF plays an important role as a standard bearer for excellence in professional services business management, so to be awarded this accolade by them is a major achievement."

Jonathan Watmough, Managing Partner, RPC

Best thought leadership

"We are thrilled and honoured to be recognised for our Global Thought Leadership at the 14th Annual MPF Awards. Another great achievement and a further accolade for our Global Cities Research and marketing programme! Our Cities Research Center aims to be an indispensable resource for investors, developers, corporate occupiers and city governments providing unique perspectives, analysis and insights on global city performance. It consolidates the firm-wide expertise on cities and brings to life JLL knowledge and data in a dynamic and accessible format."

Rosemary Feenan, Director of Global Research Programmes at JLL

Best use of systems and technology

"The MPF awards are a great opportunity to recognise best practice in the management of professional services. They are also an opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution of business services teams and A&L Goodbody is thrilled to have been again recognised in this way."

Ian White, Director of Strategy & Business Transformation, A&L Goodbody

Most novel use of social media

"Remaining at the forefront of legal innovation is a fundamental part of Keystone’s ethos. The only way to succeed in today’s economy is to recognise that the future is digital and social media engagement plays a huge part in the shaping of that future. The Law Set Free campaign is the perfect example of our continued investment in modern marketing channels so it’s a real honour to be rewarded, by the MPF, for our efforts in this area."

Kristina Oliver, Marketing Director, Keystone Law

Mould-breaking firm

"LOD brought new ways of working to the forefront of the legal profession and it's wonderful to have recognition for the benefit to both lawyers and clients. It is great to see the effect that innovation can have on the changing market and reinforces our commitment to keep embracing creative ideas."

Simon Harper, LOD Co-Founder


2015

Best community engagement

"We are delighted to have been recognised at the MPF Awards for our Employment and Immigration Skype clinic initiative, which provides much-needed access to justice to people who would otherwise struggle to receive essential legal advice. Based on its great success to date, we hope to expand the existing model to reach even more people, especially those living in hard-to-reach areas. Pro bono remains such an important part of what we can do as employment solicitors to give something back to the community."

Heidi Watson, Employment Partner, Clyde & Co

Best diversity and inclusion programme

"This award reflects Baker & McKenzie's continued commitment to diversity. The award also reflects the dedication and passion of members of our BAME staff network, BakerEthnicity, who have put a great deal of time and energy into ensuring we recruit a diverse pool of talent and foster a culture in which everyone can thrive."

Sunny Mann, Partner Sponsor of Ethnicity Network, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Best financial management

"We are extremely proud to have won the 2015 MPF award for “Best Financial Management”. This success was only achieved with the contribution of everyone in the finance team. We are particularly pleased that their efforts over a period of substantial growth and change have been recognised at such a high profile event."

Yvonne Barratt, Head of Finance, BDO

Best leadership of innovation

"We’ve made significant investments this year in our client service delivery, organisational structure and people management and it’s rewarding to see that the initiatives we’re implementing are having positive results for our people and our clients, and further affirms our commitment to delivering legal services differently."

Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner & CEO, DWF

Best managed international firm

"The MPF Awards for Management Excellence set ultimate benchmark for management of professional services firms. Being shortlisted is already a great achievement, and winning sends an incredibly strong message to the clients, peers, business partners, and employees."

Per Magnusson, Senior Partner and Founder, Magnusson

Best managed workplace

"We are delighted to be recognised for this award because developing a forward-thinking, people-focused workplace environment is key to achieving the firm’s vision. We’ve introduced a number of initiatives this year to ensure that our people are highly engaged and can achieve outstanding results for colleagues and clients alike."

Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner & CEO, DWF

Best provision of know-how

"Winning the MPF award for best provision of know-how is a very proud moment for CMS and the RegZone team. RegZone is a specialist website for financial services regulation and this award recognises the quality of content, the innovative tools and the eAlert service that delivers tailored know-how to its subscribers. The award provides market recognition for RegZone and we are delighted to be the winners this year."

Jenny Hallatt, Senior Client Communications Manager

Best social mobility programme

"We were delighted to win Best Social Mobility Programme at the MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2015. The award was for Ready for Work, one of our key community programmes in London. The programme aims to provide those with significant barriers to employment, for example unspent criminal convictions, with an opportunity to gain the skills and confidence they need to get back into work. This award is testament to the hard work of all the volunteers around the London office who support the programme."

Kevin Hogarth, Global HR Director, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Best thought leadership

"This programme has delivered a significant return to Appleby, not only in the amount of press coverage, but more subtly it has repositioned us as being a thought-leading, go-to firm for the latest thinking about offshore topics. It is fantastic that it has been recognised in this way and testament to the hard work, talent and insight of the team members involved in its inception and implementation."

Helen Pitchford, Director of Marketing, Appleby

Exceptional achievement by a firm

"We are honoured to accept this award for our outstanding contribution to the professions. Savills strives not to be the biggest but the best within the markets in which we operate and we remain proud of our leading position as number one UK real estate advisor."

Tim Maynard, CFO/COO for Savills UK


2014

Best financial management

"Winning the MPF Award for Best Financial Management is a fantastic achievement for the firm. Through a period of significant growth, we have invested significantly in our processes and systems in order to ensure we have retained an internal focus on the principles of strong financial management and that our clients benefit from a more transparent service, this has in turn had a positive impact on our financial performance".

Alex Hodgson, finance director, DWF

Best use of systems to enhance the client experience

"We were delighted to be recognised by MPF for our innovative ipad Application. The original idea came from a firm-wide innovation challenge, and was championed at the highest levels. The App uses best in class technology to deliver our highly regarded know-how to our clients. Winning highlights and promotes our commitment to delivering excellent solutions to our clients".

Jo Rose, Engagement Manager. Linklaters

Best provision of corporate know-how to clients

"We are really delighted to win this award. Sharing knowledge with our clients is a key part of our service to them and we put a great deal of work into the format and presentation of our knowhow about the new Companies legislation on the firm’s microsite. To have the microsite recognised by the MPF is wonderful recognition for the team that worked on the site and means a lot to us".

Dr Thomas B Courtney, Partner, Arthur Cox

Most innovative use of social media

"We view the MPF Awards as an invaluable benchmark for our management team, and were delighted to receive the award for Most Innovative Use of Social Media. Professional firms are not always early adopters when it comes to innovation and technology, but we’ve been able to demonstrate the value social media can add to our brand and marketing, particularly over the past year in activating our Glasgow 2014 sponsorship. To have this recognised by our peers at the Awards reaffirms this strategy, and the extent to which buy-in from throughout a firm is essential to make it work".

Laura Vernett, Marketing Director, Harper Macleod LLP

Best community engagement

"We are delighted to receive this award from the Managing Partners’ Forum in recognition of our responsible business commitments. Everyone at CBRE is very proud of what we have achieved through our ‘Building a better future for children’ programme with UNICEF over the last three years".

Ashley Sweetland MBE, Corporate Responsibility Manager for CBRE across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Best programme for leadership development

"We’ve continued our efforts to broaden the skills of our lawyers and we are very proud to win the Leadership Development award, as it reflects how we have achieved two related objectives. Firstly, giving our graduates early responsibility and leadership development opportunities to stretch and learn, proving the value of organisations thinking about leadership in a non-hierarchical way. And secondly, how working with your clients to create these experiences has multiple benefits: it ensures that the trainees truly understand their businesses and sectors from day 1 in the firm, and gives them a broader commercial experience before they join, not just from classroom learning, but through leading a real project at the client".

Nigel Spencer, Global Director of Learning & Development, Reed Smith

Best emerging firm

"We are delighted to have been recognised at the MPF Awards for our innovative business structure for the Bar. Our aim is to enable barristers to provide legal services directly to the public in a commercially viable way, whilst at the same time providing members of the Bar with a new and modern model for professional practice".

Paul Richmond, Management Partner, Richmond Chambers

Best managed national firm

"This is a fantastic achievement for the firm. We have worked exceptionally hard to deliver some very strong business results and this award is great recognition for our people who consistently go further to make a difference to colleagues, clients and our communities".

Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner & CEO, DWF

Best managed international firm

"I am delighted that we have been named 'Best managed international firm'. The award is a reflection of our clear focus on achieving our strategy, as well as the great work, collaboration and determination of everyone working for Grant Thornton globally. We have one clear strategy and I thank everyone at Grant Thornton for their commitment to making it a reality in each market".

Ed Nusbaum, Grant Thornton global CEO

Exceptional achievement by a firm

"It is a real honour to win the award, especially knowing that the selection was undertaken by a judging panel of leading market commentators and our peers. To be recognised for exceptional achievement affirms the dedication and work put in by our people. For our clients, we hope it is a demonstration of our commitment to them and their business needs".

Julia Hayhoe, Director of Client and Business Development, Baker & McKenzie


2013

Best use of systems to enhance the client experience

"It is a huge honour to be recognised by our peers for being best in class. By using bespoke websites, we make our clients’ lives easier by giving them easy, instant access to our unrivalled market knowledge. The business has recognised the service as a best practice model and is adopting it on a global basis".

Gary Halstead, Extranet Manager, CBRE

Most innovative client service initiative

"Innovative client service is at the heart of how we help clients meet the challenges they face. New ideas help set us apart. We were delighted to win the Most Innovative Client Service Initiative after being selected by the MPF's independent judging panel. The quality of the other entrants shows the esteem in which these awards are held and makes winning a real honour and achievement".

Alan Nelson, Partner, Dundas & Wilson

Best leadership development programme

"We are thrilled to have been recognized at the MPF Awards for the quality of our leadership development programs. Our aim is to offer meaningful development opportunities which enhance integration across the global firm, and which enable individual progression in the context of changing markets and client needs".

Alison Nolan, Head of People Development, Hogan Lovells

Best collaboration across international frontiers

"PwC is honoured to be the recipient of the 2013 MPF award in the category of best collaboration across international frontiers. The recognition of our successful and continuing adoption of the Pulse knowledge management platform strengthens our commitment to deliver value to our people and to our clients".

Aušra Ražanauskiené, Pulse Product Manager, PwC

Most innovative use of social media

"To win an MPF Award again this year is pretty special. The award winners represent the best in the industry so we’re delighted to be among them".

Allan Evans, Marketing Partner, BDO LLP


2012

Best Led Firm

"To be recognised as ‘Best Led Firm’ helps us to continuously attract the talent that allows us to meet and exceed the needs of our diverse and growing client base".

Ed Turner, Taylor Vinters, Managing Partner

Best Strategic Leadership

"To be recognised so emphatically as a leader, not only in the legal but the whole professional services sector, is a gratifying testament to our culture of innovation and the clarity of our strategy as we continue to drive it forward".

Tim Eyles, UK Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing

Best Performing Listed Firm

"A combination of strong reliable organic growth and carefully acquired and integrated acquisitions led to a great 2011 for NCC Group. Winning the award for the Best Performing Listed Firm is a fantastic achievement for the whole company and as the cyber arms race continues to speed up, we are well placed to maintain our growth momentum in 2012 and beyond".

Rob Cotton, CEO, NCC Group plc

Best Performing Brand

"The UK's professional services market is recognised around the world for being highly innovative and intensely competitive. Winning two awards is a very welcome recognition for our partners and staff and the service they offer our clients".

Richard Oldfield, PwC Board Member for Markets and Industries

Best Innovation in Client Service or Relationship Management

"We’re delighted to have won two awards. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of service we deliver and it’s great to be recognised as such by the wider professional services industry".

Simon Michaels, Managing Partner, BDO LLP

Best Collaboration Across International Frontiers

"We’re delighted to have won two awards. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of service we deliver and it’s great to be recognised as such by the wider professional services industry".

Simon Michaels, Managing Partner, BDO LLP

Best Managed Workplace

"This award is an extraordinary achievement by all means, as it reflects our team’s collective efforts in what has been another somewhat challenging year for us all. We are thankful and grateful to those at the firm who have actively participated in the MPF’s survey this year, as well as for all of their hard work and dedication to this firm".

Alina Pintica, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Best Community Engagement

"It is an honour to be presented with this award, which acknowledges the very best in practice management in Europe, across all professional service sectors. Our commitment to investment in art in primary schools has become part of the culture and ethos of the firm. To be recognised for such a long standing commitment alongside our other esteemed peers is extremely gratifying".

David Smedley, Partner, Walker Morris