People & Culture | Setfords

People
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Welcome to People & Culture at Setfords

Law is a people business first and foremost, and we’re dedicated to building an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued and our lawyers, employees, and clients are seen and celebrated for who they are.

Wellbeing at Setfords

At Setfords, we prioritise the wellbeing of our people. We recognise the crucial role that wellbeing plays in creating an environment where individuals can thrive. When our people feel heard, understood and supported, they can do their best work and build their ideal careers.

That’s why we’re committed to providing a nurturing atmosphere that values diversity, encourages growth, and recognises achievements, ensuring every member of our team can reach their full potential. 

Diversity & Inclusion

We champion a culture where our people can bring their authentic selves to work and be comfortable in their own skin. Our people are heard, listened to, and empowered.  

Excellence & Innovation

We’re driven by excellence in everything we do. We’re always innovating to support our people to do more of their best work and enjoy what they do.  

Learning & Development

As a firm with a focus on innovation, our people are always encouraged to learn, grow, and progress, whatever that looks like for them.

Reward & Recognition

We recognise a job well done in the way that suits each individual, and fairly reward our people for the hard work they do.  

Our Allyship Promise

The Allyship Promise is central to People & Culture at Setfords, helping to create a safe and inclusive space for our people to flourish.

We pledge…

To be respectful at all times.

To take responsibility for helping to create a positive and inclusive working environment where diversity is celebrated.

To take positive action to prevent discrimination of any kind.

To stand up to any form of discrimination – see something, say something.

To pro-actively bring diversity to the table.

To hear and listen deeply with attuned ears and without preconceived ideas.

To be empathetic and appreciate that your experience is different from mine.

Meet our People & Culture team

Suzy Blade

Suzy Blade, Director of People & Culture at Setfords, is an award-winning, CIPD qualified HR professional. Suzy has been with Setfords for 3 years and last year she won HR Professional of the Year at the UK Company Culture Awards 2023. Suzy’s leadership and transformative People & Culture strategy has been instrumental in helping Setfords to win numerous awards and accolades including Setfords being recognised as one of the Best Places to Work by The Sunday Times, The UKs Most Loved Workplaces by Newsweek and Double Investors in People and Investors in Wellbeing. Suzy is particularly passionate about Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the workplace and her commitment is evident through the initiatives that she has set up, including regular Culture and Sensitivity workshops, and a collaboration with The Stephen James Partnership to launch the Black Lawyers Matter programme in Setfords. In her spare time Suzy enjoys reading, cycling and spending time with her friends and family.

Daniella Lambert

Danni, People & Culture Coordinator, has been with Setfords since 2017 where she started out in Admin, she completed her CIPD level 5 qualification in HR in 2022 and has worked her way up to join the People and Culture Team which has always been her goal! Danni demonstrates the Setfords values in their truest form and is passionate about supporting and recognising Setfords people to enable them to do their best work. In her spare time Danni enjoys walking her dog – Nala and spending time with friends and family.

Our Values

The Allyship Promise is central to People & Culture at Setfords, helping to create a safe and inclusive space for our people to flourish.

One Team

At Setfords, we believe the only way we will deliver on our business’ amazing potential is by working together. We share in each other’s successes, and help each other out when things don’t go to plan – and we do so with a totaal absence of ego, blame, or internal competition.

Here to Help

We help our clients and our consultants succeed because we are always happy to go the extra mile. Our first thought is always “I’m here to help”, not “is it my job to?”, and we relish the opportunities that this brings: to go beyond our comfort zone, and to learn new skills.

Smart Problem Solvers

We work with thousands of clients and hundreds of lawyers every year – and every year we get better at understanding what those clients and lawyers need. We use cutting-edge tools, data analytics and subject-matter expertise to inform all of our judgements, and bring an entrepreneur’s mindset to work every day, always looking for ways to improve our offering.

Break New Ground

Setfords is transforming a centuries-old industry, and we are doing it fast. We love the challenges and opportunities that our high-growth, dynamic culture generates, and we are always on the lookout for a new technology or interesting new perspective that will allow us to get to our destination even faster.

Nurturing Talent

Whether you are a lawyer who has been qualified for decades or a new hire embarking on the first steps of your career, we believe in giving everyone within our business the opportunity to reach their full potential. We have a proven track record of promoting from within, and many of our leaders and future leaders have started their working journeys at Setfords. For our consultants, we provide the platform, coaching and support that allows our lawyers to provide legal services the way they want.

Our Awards

Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023

We were named as one of the Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023 after extensive surveying, proving that our company culture just can’t be beaten.

UK Company Culture Awards 2023

We were proud to scoop one win and two more finalists, including HR Professional of the Year, Best Workplace Mental Health Awareness Initiative, and Best Workplace Health & Wellbeing Awareness Initiative.

Silver Investors in People and Investors in Wellbeing 2023

We are the only fee-share law firm in the UK to be accredited by Investors in People, showing our commitment to our people and their wellbeing. 

Most Loved Workplace 2023

Setfords have been proudly certified as a ‘Most Loved Workplace,’ backed by the research and analysis of the Best Practice Institute.

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