As we approach the end of our financial year, we hope that our focus on combating the effects of recession proves fruitful. One set of results already out is the Legal Awards 2010 – Harper Macleod was awarded Firm of the Year.
We are all extremely proud of this achievement and we wanted to thank you, as a valued client of the firm, for your continued support. We are very well aware that we could not achieve the Firm of the Year accolade without you.
We were commended for our strategic handling of the downturn, our focus on retaining our clients and the upturn in our turnover in a year, which has undoubtedly been the most difficult in our 22 year history. That being said, it has also been one of the most rewarding as we managed to buck the trend of our legal market by retaining and indeed expanding our talent pool.
Commitment to our people has been a long-term strategy of Harper Macleod. We have made no redundancies nor have we imposed reduced working hours. In addition, not only did we adhere to our commitment to take on our new trainees in September 2009 and retained our newly qualified solicitors from September 2009, we also increased our overall headcount by 15% against this time last year.
Whilst this has come as an investment cost to Partners, we strongly believe that retaining our talent positions us well for all current and future opportunities that arise and ensures the service to you remains consistent.
We hope that this is a sign of things to come in 2010 and wish you every success this coming year.
Professor Lorne D. Crerar, Chairman
Martin Darroch, Chief Executive