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Law firm invests £90,000 to develop leaders of tomorrow

Amanda Webster, head of Harrison Drury’s HD Academy

A Kendal law firm has launched an academy for new solicitors and announced a £90,000 leadership programme.

Harrison Drury said its investment will help develop its next generation of lawyers and leaders.

The academy will be headed up by solicitor and director Amanda Webster and will have a dedicated curriculum for new solicitors who have been qualified for up to five years.

A cohort of 19 employees are also taking part in the leadership development programme in a partnership with training and qualifications provider, Skillwise

The new academy and investment programme are part of the firm’s new five-year strategy, which has been created following a consultation programme with its 110 staff.

The firm is aspiring to be the best law firm to work for in the North West.

Amanda said: “Our leadership team recognises that the firm’s success is built on the brilliance of our people.

“The academy will give our younger lawyers real focus in their career development.

“During a legal career, lawyers quickly assume responsibilities in areas such as client relationship management, business development, people management and finance but often don’t receive the training to develop these necessary skills.

“The academy will enable our people to excel in their chosen area of law while building the essential business skills to reach their potential.”

Executive chairman John Chesworth, who has led the firm since 2007, said: “The launch of the academy and our leadership investment programme is another key milestone in our history.

“The firm and its people have been on an amazing journey together and we are proud of our people development record, which has helped us reach the Sunday Times list of the ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ on numerous occasions.

“But we must keep developing and investing. We want to continue attracting the best legal talent and give them opportunities to forge a brilliant career.

“This is about creating the leaders of the future and helping people to achieve their career aspirations.”

Speaking about 2021, John added: “The pandemic brought some short-term challenges but as a firm we have constantly invested, planned for the future and developed, and therefore we were extremely well placed to face the pandemic.

“We had an excellent final quarter of 2020 and we are looking forward to a very positive 2021 and decade of progress.”

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