The Law Society at Chancery Lane has been awarded the international people management kitemark Investors in People.
Launched in 1991 and now held by 14,000 organisations in 75 countries, the IIP standard defines what it takes to ‘lead’, ‘support’ and ‘manage’ people well for sustainable results. It is backed by an assessment methodology and framework that reflects the latest workplace trends.
The Society has been awarded the IIP’s sixth-generation standard and its progress will be reviewed in three years’ time.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: ‘We’d like to congratulate the Law Society. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. The Law Society should be extremely proud of their achievement.’
Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon, said: ‘We are extremely proud to have been awarded this accreditation. Everything we do at the Law Society is driven by our values – to always act with respect and to work collaboratively.
‘Our belief is that by investing properly in our people we are best placed to serve our members and discharge our public interest role of enabling access to justice and upholding the rule of law on behalf of the profession.’
The Society has offices in London, Brussels and Wales. It employs 344 permanent staff who undertake work in legal policy, communications, government relations, products and services, and business development.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is not IIP-accredited, but a spokesman said: ’We are committed to staff development and continuous improvement across all areas of the business and are pleased that our organisational development was commended by the Legal Services Board in our recent assessment. Investors in People is one of several accreditations available and every organisation can of course choose how best to look at their performance in this area. We have a formal assessment route via the LSB.’