Working at Aarons
So, Why Join Aarons?
If you’re looking for a career where you can develop and fulfil your potential, where you can have a great quality of life in and out of work and where you will find challenges and rewards in equal measure, then this is the place for you, but don’t just take our word for it, read the experiences of some of our people.
We have approximately 150 people across our two main offices in Chester and Shrewsbury. Our fee earners are divided into 7 internal teams; Dispute Resolution and Insolvency; Corporate and Commercial; Employment; Real Estate; Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory (known as PEER); Wills, Trusts and Tax; and Family, however in practice work often requires ‘working groups which are pulled together from multiple teams, as matters frequently require specialist knowledge from different disciplines
We are an LLP with over 30 members. All the owners of the business work within it.
We take a prudent approach to financial management which means we’re debt free and have money in the bank. It also means we can take advantage of strategic opportunities when they present themselves. Our Shrewsbury office is a good example. We recognised that the Shrewsbury market had similarities to the Chester market. We acquired a small, employment-led practice consisting of a partner, a trainee and a secretary and within 5years we’ve grown it into an office of 30 people, which continues to grow. We’ve done this through excellent recruitment of people with links to the area and an unfailing focus on embedding ourselves within the business community locally.
We also have a satellite office at Manchester Airport City to support the growth of our international work, and we work closely with bodies such as the Chambers of Commerce and the LEP in other geographical areas close by, including North Wales and the Wirral.
Chester5-7 Grosvenor Court, Forgate Street, Chester CH1 1HG
ShrewsburyLakeside House, Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ
ManchesterOffices 204 and 205, Manchester Business Park Aviator Way, 3000 Aviator Way, Manchester M22 5TG
In our core practice areas we have a number of sector specialisms where we offer out-of-the-ordinary expertise to a national client base. Our PEER team advises on significant renewable energy projects; we have extensive expertise in the logistics sector including being the honorary legal advisers to the UK Warehousing Association; we work for clients in the food and education sectors and have UK-renowned expertise in mines, minerals and waste management.
We are a member of the Integrated Advisory Group, known as IAG International, which is an international group of lawyers and accountants. We meet three times a year and this network not only provides us with opportunities to act for overseas clients of other members who have legal requirements in England and Wales but also enables us to refer our clients who need assistance in other jurisdictions to people we know and trust.
Our people hold various board positions for clients and other organisations, including the company secretary role at Chester Zoo, the Chair of Theatr Clwyd and membership of the Board of the British Hydropower Association.
Our work is challenging but rewarding. We set high standards and by achieving them we deliver on our clients’ objectives.
Our standard fee earner billing target is 1,000 hours billed and paid, though our bonus scheme starts to pay out at 80% of the target, with the higher rewards being for those who exceed 100% of target. Compared to most of the firms you’ll be dealing with on the other side of matters, this isn’t a big target and by setting a realistic target that doesn’t require you to regularly work late and at weekends, you can enjoy the time when you’re not at work as well as the time that you are there.
We want our people to develop their careers with us. The case studies in the section below show how people have done this. It’s this focus on development that we think is the biggest advantage to being at Aarons. People are able to develop and progress in a way that isn’t possible at larger firms where you are at risk of being regarded as a unit of production. Because we believe in continuous personal and career development we remain committed to our people spending some time in the offices in the post covid world, achieving a balance between time spent in person with colleagues, which we believe is vital to the development of more junior fee earners in particular, and time spent working from home.
Our commitment to development is also reflected in our Personal Development Plan process which involves continuous supervision and feedback from together with two more formal reviews each year where career ambitions and development plans to achieve the are discussed.We believe that spending time together outside of work is also important. We have an extremely active social committee that organises our annual summer and Christmas parties. We have Friday drinks once a month too, paid for by the firm, and other events through the year to show our appreciation for our people. The Social Committee isn’t managed by the firm’s general management. It has its own budget and the committee, which consists of people from across the firm and is typically chaired by trainee solicitors, decides how to spend it.
Once a year we close the office for an afternoon and take everyone off site for an annual general meeting where we spend a couple of hours provide updates on performance and other key firm wide issues but mainly the day is about spending time with colleagues and enjoying ourselves.
And we’ve done some pretty unusual things together too, such as our own rowing Regatta on the River Dee where teams of colleagues took an 8 week learn to row course, then competed against each other for the chance to win the much coveted ‘Aarons Teapot Trophy’.
We’re a strong supporter of the Arts in our core areas with links to Storyhouse, Theatr Clywd and Shropshire Festivals among others. Arts organisations bring significant benefits to the communities they operate in and through sponsorship and other support we can be part of that support to our local communities. We also believe in supporting charities and causes that matter to our communities and our environment, and are active in taking part in charity fundraising activities (individually and collectively) as well as signing up to environmentally supportive activity, for example taking responsibility for our energy usage and committing to Chester Zoo’s sustainable Palm Oil project.
Our Stories+ Nick Clarke – Senior Partner + Gavin Ball - Head of Quality and Compliance
Nick Clarke - Senior PartnerI joined Aarons on 1st August 1999 as a trainee solicitor having just completed the LPC. In those days they published the LPC results in the Times and 1st August was the day they came out so as I sat in reception waiting to be collected for my induction I checked the results in the copy of the Times that was on the reception coffee table. Fortunately, I passed and avoided what would otherwise have been a pretty embarrassing conversation!
I qualified in September 2001 and became a partner in 2006. I took over running the Dispute Resolution and Insolvency team in 2015 and became senior partner in 2019. Over the years I had numerous opportunities to go elsewhere but never entertained the idea of leaving for long because I realise that at Aarons I had found a pretty rare thing. A place where I always felt valued; where there was a clear path ahead in terms of career progression with no limits on that progression (as has subsequently been proved to be the case); where the work was always high quality; where I was encouraged to think and take responsibility; and where I really liked the people I was working with.
No job is perfect and there are always difficult days or periods in any career. What matters at those times is that you know you have the support of the people around you and that you’re working with nice people. That has always been the case at Aarons.
Now I’m in the privileged position of being involved in the management of the firm, my ambition for everyone that works at Aarons is that everyone has the same experience as I’ve had, feeling valued and supported in your career ambitions.
Gavin Ball - Head of Quality and ComplianceI joined Aaron and Partners in April 2018 as the Compliance Manager in order to strengthen the Compliance function in the firm.
Prior to joining Aarons I had worked for a number of very large corporates and accountancy firms and part of my aim in joining Aarons was to find a firm that had a more personal feel to it, where I would get to know everybody and be able to contribute towards the visible growth and success of the business.
Within 12 months of joining Aarons I also took on the oversight of the Facilities function in the firm and my role changed to Head of Quality and Compliance with an additional focus on strengthening the Quality aspects of the legal work that the firm undertakes. In the last 12 months I have been given the opportunity to become a nominated officer for the firm, acting as their Money Laundering Reporting Officer and in 2021 I was promoted to Partner.
There are daily challenges in the quality and compliance work that I do for the business but I am supported well by the management team and the structure and size of the firm means that I always have a member of the senior team to speak to should I need to.
The continued success and growth of the firm has presented me with a number of opportunities in the last three years which have helped me to progress both personally and professionally and to make that visible contribution I was looking for towards the firms success.
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