South West specialist employment law firm Menzies Law celebrated 10 successful years in business with a drinks party last week.
On what was a very chilly evening staff past and present, strategic partners and friends of the firm raised a glass to toast the firm’s success. Having started from the landing of owner Luke Menzies’s home in 2009, it has recently received the national award of the best employment law team in the UK outside London, by the legal industry’s market-research led awards body, The Legal 500.
Luke Menzies, director and owner of the firm, who is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor, set up the business in early January 2009 and has taken it to its current position of the South West’s leading employment law team.
Luke said: “I’m thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of Menzies Law. Growing the firm has been a huge but enjoyable learning curve. Of course there have been significant challenges along the way but our commitment to give our clients the very best employment law advice and outcomes has remained constant. Employment law matters can be very time-consuming, so freeing up our clients’ time – enabling them to focus on other aspects of their roles – is central to our offering.”
He admited that leaving the security of a salary and final pension scheme (he was a lawyer for the Engineering Employers Federation) was a risk but a considered one.
Luke said: “Although I’m a lawyer, I discovered that I’m a maverick and even a bit of an entrepreneur. Discovering that was a bit of a shock, but once I started thinking about it seriously, there was no going back. From the start, we aimed to shake up the traditional nature of legal advice and its pricing – and we’ve been very successful in that. When we started offering annual fixed fees, other law firms thought we were daft. Nowadays they’re all doing it.”
Asked what makes Menzies Law different now and then, Luke went on to explain: “It’s offering London quality advice at a provincial price. It’s about using fixed fees that make us share some of the risk along with our clients. And it’s making ridiculously happy clients, who then tell everyone they know about us. It’s a model that has served us well and we’re extremely grateful that clients put their trust in us and continue to do so.”
Particularly pleasing for Luke and his team have been the legal industry awards they’ve won along the way. As well as The Legal 500 national award earned in 2018, Menzies Law has consistently been ‘top ranked’ alongside the South West’s other leading commercial law firms since 2012, in both The Legal 500 and also the rival Chambers & Partners guide to the UK legal profession.
“These two national legal sector directories are regarded as the authorities in terms of who are the best law firms in the UK and is based on lengthy research and client interviews, so it’s a real achievement to get a high ranking,” said Luke.