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Friday, October 14, 2011
                                                           
Watkins & Gunn Scoop the “Law Firm of the Year” Award
 

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors have scooped the “Law Firm of the Year” Award and have been highlighted as one of the UK’s most progressive law firms at a prestigious legal conference and awards dinner.

Watkins and Gunn, a leading South Wales law firm with offices in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool, was announced as the winner of the award category, by 360 Legal Group, at its annual awards dinner on Thursday (October 6) which took place at The Belfry, near Birmingham.
 
It is the second year that 360 Legal Group, which helps law firms manage and market their practices more successfully as businesses and has over 700 UK law firms as members, has held the awards to find and showcase practices of all sizes who are adapting to the difficult economic climate and to the fast changing trading conditions facing the legal profession. 
 
Watkins and Gunn received their award for the vast strides forward they have taken to become recognised as a leading law firm in Wales. The firm has worked hard to achieve their reputation for quality whilst simultaneously introducing new competitive offerings and effectively marketing them.
 
In the last year Watkins & Gunn has become one of the first practices in the United Kingdom to secure membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The firm has been awarded the Private Sector Partnership Award and last October won the 360 Legal Award for Outstanding Achievement. Managing Partner Clive Thomas won the Leading Wales Award for Leadership in the Private Sector and other individual members of the team have been shortlisted for a host of legal sector awards.
With a new marketing strategy the firm has been proactive in updating its marketing materials using a “little blue person” to represent the different areas of law. A platinum brand has also been launched to offer a bespoke service to their premium clients. The firm has also developed a new website with an innovative chat box facility, publish a quarterly magazine, has adopted a loyalty card to offer discounted services and actively network and employ social networking to raise their profile.
 
 
The firm is committed to developing their staff to their full potential and have been awarded the Investors in People Leadership and Management model of excellence.
 
Watkins & Gunn also prides itself on being an ethical firm with a strong sense of community and social responsibility. They are very conscious of their impact on the environment and have achieved the Green Dragon environmental award by reducing it’s carbon emissions and cutting their landfill waste by two-thirds. 
 
In the community their family team run an outreach service working with Women’s Aid, the business gives presentations to and is involved in school projects. They work closely with the Wooden Spoon charity who have funded important local community projects and have supported the Joshua Foundation, collecting thousands of pounds worth of gifts for raffle and auction prizes. In addition Watkins & Gunn supports a large number of local clubs and societies and Sarah Williams, one of the Partners, has been active in coaching and helping run a local youth netball club.
 
The partners have restructured and improved the firm’s financial management and Watkins & Gunn has seen a 20 per cent increase in fee income. The firm has also revealed that client satisfaction levels with its high quality service are at an all-time high of 98 per cent.
 
Presenting the award, sponsored by NTegrity, Brian Middleton of 360 Legal Group said: “360 Law Firm of the Year is the ultimate accolade. This award is about demonstrating significant real achievement. Watkins and Gunn have shown activity, industry, innovation, quality, client satisfaction and growth and is a very worthy winner.”
 
Clive Thomas, Managing Partner at Watkins & Gunn, said: “This has been another fantastic year of achievement for Watkins & Gunn but we have no intention of becoming complacent. We have a wonderful team of talented and dedicated staff and we fully intend pushing on to achieve further success and future growth through our strategy of continuous improvement and providing an unrivalled service to our clients.
 
 

 

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