As the millennial generation makes its mark on business, employers must adapt if they are to attract and retain the best talent, creating an environment which inspires and encourages innovation and development. Demonstrating both commitment and achievement in the development of young talent, Shepherd and Wedderburn has been awarded Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation. This recognition is in addition to their long standing Investors in People accreditation.  

Attainment of the IIYP standard at Gold level reflects a true commitment to the training and development of both legally and non-legally qualified young people across all firm locations. In gaining this award the firm was assessed against various indicators including definition  and effectiveness of organisational strategy, attraction and recruitment strategies, learning, development, management, support and guidance for  young people. The assessor noted in her feedback – ‘Young people whether in legal or non-legal roles spoke very positively about their experiences relating to Managers and others whom they confirm take an active interest in their development and progression…You have succession plans and Young People are central to these, as can be seen by the number of people at senior levels who have progressed’. 

Stephen Gibb, Chief Executive commented: “One of the most rewarding aspects of being Chief Executive is seeing young people across the firm develop and positively impact the business. Whilst one of the largest and longest established firms, we are in age profile terms, a relatively young firm and this makes for a dynamic and empowered environment, open to challenge and nurturing innovation. This recognition supports a long held view that investing in young people is fundamental to our long term success.”