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Walker Morris Reviews

Updated January 3, 2017
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  1. "Freedom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walker Morris full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about the place. Plus you are allowed to be an individual, they treat you as a person rather than a number and they will help and support you to develop.

    Cons

    As with most law firms they can be a bit slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a lot of things right, just need to allow the partners and management to make changes and improvements.


  2. "Poor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walker Morris full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional firm with good reputation and well located offices near to Leeds Central Station and the city centre.

    Some teams regarded as experts in their field.

    Cons

    I disclosed to this firm that I was having health difficulties and they used it as an excuse to dismiss me without once enquiring what adjustments they could make to support me continuing in the role. This was not only unlawful but quite frankly as an organisation they should be deeply ashamed at having behaved in this way.

    There are few opportunities for progression amongst support staff who are viewed as cheap labour.

    In comparison with working at other law firms the atmosphere is unfriendly and it is hard to meet people working in other teams.

    Advice to Management

    If people disclose health problems you have a responsibility to explore what adjustments and support can be offered to enable that individual to continue in work and to meaningfully contribute. This is not only a legal obligation but an ethical one.

    It should be considered inappropriate for trainee solicitors and support staff to be left to work through the night on projects particularly if this occurs at a weekend, the work is not a task of any meaning or required by a client and the fee earner has gone home for the evening. The managing partners should be firm in direction on this point as the above scenario is exploitative particularly when the individuals concerned are not paid for their time or even thanked by the fee earner.


  3. "Disappointing, unambitious culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walker Morris full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient for train station, pleasant offices for half of the company, central location offering easy access to shops and restaurants

    Cons

    Clique-infested culture, lousy transparency, traditional partner hierarchy model, regional mind set, poor innovation

    Advice to Management

    Open up and recruit better externally


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    "Walker Morris"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere. Opportunities to take on early responsibility. Close to the station, so good access for everyday commuters and clients.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from partners to solicitors and below. It can be clubby at times between staff. Offices are old and poorly serviced.

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate more openly and frequently with staff about which direction the firm is taking. There is the potential to make a very good place to work for all here.