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Motivated by firm success: Moving to an all equity model

Moving to an all equity model helped staff at all levels of the firm find motivation not only through their own achievements, but the success of the firm, says Gareth Brahams

29 February 2016

When I agreed with my former firm that I could leave and take the team and most of our clients with me to form an employment law specialist firm, it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up - so why did I want the idea of co-ownership and employee engagement to be a central tenet of our culture? What do we do to give meaning to it? How has it worked out for us? And what does the future hold?

Why adopt a John Lewis model?

There are inevitably many parts of life experience that inform personal philosophy and outlook. In my case I could point to any number of influences: my father's commitment to Liberal politics; observing the school council on the kids' TV series Grange Hill and comparing it to the dictatorial nature of my school; learning about the centrality of hierarchy in law firms through studying the Critical Legal theorists at University to experiencing it myself on p...

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