For the leadership team that demonstrates how a coherent strategy, inclusive culture, relevant leadership style, succession planning and effective implementation have helped the business overcome challenges and achieve sustainable, superior returns in its chosen markets and sectors.


2019 winner

Royds Withy King

The judging panel were impressed by the way Royds Withy King have set about delivering the 2015-2020 strategy through innovations that both ensure the delivery of the kinds of services needed by their clients, and allow employees to engage with the strategy so as to maintain and enhance a conducive work culture in the firm. The panel noted in particular the multi-level approach to delivering the strategy; the submission demonstrating a wide range of new developments designed in response to client needs, the changing context of legal work and the challenges faced by employees.

Royds Withy King Best Managed Firm

Lucy Porter, the team from Royds Withy King and David Weaver (NatWest)

 “We’re thrilled to have won this award which reflects the ambitions and hard work of everyone who has helped to steer our business through a period of considerable growth while managing the significant investments and changes needed to ensure we remain a great place to work and continue to provide our clients with the exceptional value and solutions they are looking for. This award is for our people who have supported the firm on its journey and continue to play a crucial role in our success.”
Graham Street, Managing Partner at Royds Withy King


2nd place

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells have developed an innovative response to their clients’ needs, bringing together the opportunities afford by the adoption of the Alternative Business Structure model with B Corporation certification. This reflects their focus on helping clients deliver positive and sustainable social impacts. The judging panel were impressed by the way this response has allowed the firm to grow and offer a wider range of services to clients, without losing sight of the ultimate strategic purpose of the firm. The panel noted, in particular, the way the firm has successfully managed change over recent years so as to retain engaged employees and not undermine the culture of the firm.




Boyes Turner
Smith & Williamson