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About Us

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is a UK-headquartered international law firm providing a full service to clients worldwide

Making a real connection with its people and clients, the firm uses commercial and innovative thinking to provide the legal solutions clients need to thrive and prosper.

We make it personal

Our people, working together as a single team, provide a streamlined, hassle-free experience.

We make it personal, focusing on strong, long-standing relationships and understanding individual ambitions. Then we use outstanding technical expertise and specialist sector know-how to help you achieve them; to impact your bottom line and to ensure you succeed.

"Exceptional quality. First class teams at all levels. Focused commercial advice, excellent sector knowledge, and very good value"

“A significant part of my role is actually about making connections for clients, whether that means putting them in touch with parts of our business that they've not worked with before, or introducing them to opportunities outside the firm”
David Fennell
Chief Executive

Connected globally

We're the World Law Group's representative law firm in England and Wales, connecting clients with more than 15,000 lawyers globally. And through a network of trusted independent firms, we ensure clients receive the best possible service in every jurisdiction.

This global reach, combined with the sector know-how and technical excellence of our people, is why we're a trusted adviser to FTSE 100 and 250 businesses, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, UK and overseas government departments, and high net worth individuals.

Facts, figures & awards

Award-winning creative thinking

Our clients continue to expect more from us - and we won't let them down.

With the pressures of global competition, more regulation, rising prices and environmental challenges, it has never been more important for lawyers to innovate.

Our people are dynamic thinkers, always ready to push the boundaries and find new solutions, whatever the challenge.

The Numbers

  • 1236
    Employees*
  • 15
    Awards
  • 10
    Offices
  • 21
    Number of Legal 500 UK 'leading individuals'
  • 13
    Consecutive years in UK's 50 Best Workplaces
  • 4500
    Pro bono hours last year
  • 100
    Number of Chambers UK 2014 'recommended lawyers'
  • **as of 30 April, 2015
  • Legal Technology Team of the Year

    "For one of our support teams to also be rewarded for innovation is further proof that our people go the extra mile in all areas to deliver an excellent client experience."

  • Real Estate Team of the Year

    "Our real estate practice covers all elements of the property industry and it is great to receive an award that reflects such a diverse range of deals and advice."

  • Great Place to Work 2015

    The Great Place to Work® Institute named us as one of the top 30 Best Workplaces in the UK, for the 15th consecutive year.

  • Power People 2015

    David Fennell, CEO of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, ranked number 72 in Business Insider's annual 'Power People' list

  • Insider Property Awards West Midlands 2014

    The firm's real estate practice was credited for its instrumental role in delivering innovative legal advice to secure a run of important deals.

  • Private Client: Effective Legal Team

    "This award is a testament to our team, its international strength and the quality of work it does."

  • Patent Contentious Team of the Year

    James Nurton, managing editor at Managing IP Magazine, praised the firm's "Strong team spanning various sectors".

  • CityWealth Magic Circle Awards 2014

    Anthony Thompson named as Lawyer of the Year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014.

  • Private Capital Specialism Team of the Year

    This award acknowledges the cross-sector team's stellar work in contentious trusts and probate

  • eprivateclient's Top 50 Most Influential

    Anthony Thompson
    "Without doubt the other people on this list are a talented group and I'm flattered to be counted among them."

  • Top 35 under 35 2014

    Associates Alistair Robertson and Katie Coles from the firm's award-winning private capital practice were named among this year's rising stars.

  • The Lawyer Hot 100 2014

    The annual list, compiled by leading legal publication The Lawyer, celebrates the standout lawyers who are driving innovation and shaping the profession.

  • IP Team of the Year

    The award was given in recognition of the team's high-profile Supreme Court victory against Virgin Atlantic Airways.

  • FinTech top 40

    Richard Goold named in Financial News' first FinTech40, a power list of the top forty people in Europe's thriving fintech industry.

  • Managing IP stars 2014

    Six IP partners and one director awarded "IP Star Status" (Kate Swaine, Cerryg Jones, Gordon Harris, Patrick Duxbury, David Barron, Paul Inman, Jamie Rowlands)

Firm News

Diversity

Can you define a Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co person? No, and that's the point. We celebrate the diversity of our people - different backgrounds; different cultures; different experiences; different interests; different ages; different needs.

Creating an inclusive workplace where our people can be themselves, and celebrating the fact that we're all individuals, are top of our agenda. Senior partner Quentin Poole is the firm's Diversity Champion and is an active participant in our diversity forum which ensures we deliver on our commitment to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Some of our diversity highlights:

  • Our [MORE] Women initiative comprises a number of projects aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in our partnership and management.
  • We have a network of Disability Champions to provide confidential support and guidance to employees who have any disability-related concerns or queries.
  • Working in schools with high black and minority ethnic populations to promote inclusion in the profession - including our "Day in the Life of a Lawyer" programme which incorporates a 12-month mentoring and skills development programme. Our ultimate aim is to broaden access to the legal profession for people from all backgrounds.
  • We have a network for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff, which is co-sponsored by senior partner, Quentin Poole and head of corporate responsibility, Lorna Gavin. We are also a Stonewall Diversity Champion.
  • Our bespoke working policies support our employees' needs and enable us to provide working arrangements that work for the individual as well as the business as a whole.
  • For working families we offer an enhanced maternity package; support for staff going through fertility treatment and childcare vouchers for working parents.
  • We have prayer/contemplation rooms in our London and Birmingham offices for people of any faith to use.
  • We celebrate and raise awareness of cultural and religious dates important to our people, such as Chinese New Year, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Ramadan, Yom Kippur, Diwali, Black History Month, Christmas and Easter.
  • We celebrate International Women's Day by hosting events and raising awareness each year to mark the day in each of our offices.
  • We have rolled out online diversity training to all UK employees.
  • Stonewall

    We are proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

  • Broadening access

    Our 'Day in the life of a lawyer' programme was 'highly commended' at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 in the category of Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion.

Diversity News

Corporate responsibility

At Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, we take our responsibility to our people, our environment and our communities seriously. Trust and transparency are embedded in everything we do and impact every business decision we make.

For us, corporate responsibility (CR) is all about making connections and making a difference. Not just to benefit the not-for-profits, individuals and suppliers we work with; but to strengthen relationships with our communities and clients and for the wellbeing and personal and professional development of our people.

Our main aims are tackling the key areas of homelessness, education and inner city needs; reducing our impact on the environment; and encouraging responsible business behaviour with our external partners.

So, what does this mean in practice? Well, everything from providing legal advice for not-for-profit organisations, job coaching for homeless people, sending the food waste produced in our buildings to an anaerobic digester and fundraising for our nominated charities of the year.

Eco

Our key environmental impacts? We use energy to run our offices and natural resources - particularly paper, and we generate waste and emissions from travel.

We've come a long way, but there's still more to be done. What do we do to minimise our environmental impacts?

  • Our UK environmental management systems are accredited to the internationally recognised ISO14001 standard.
  • Our head offices, Two Snowhill in Birmingham and 4 More London, have strong environmental credentials and have been built to BREEAM excellent / very good standards.
  • A team of Eco Champions across the firm encourage and support our people to follow best practice in their day-to-day activities with lots of simple measures that add up to responsible behaviour - switching lights and PCs off when not in use, cutting out non-essential printing, recycling all our waste appropriately and so on...
  • We use paper that is Forestry Stewardship Council approved and recycle all of our paper.
  • Dual screens at our desks and duplex printing have contributed to a 25% drop in paper consumption over the last four years.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle: paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and cans are all recycled; food waste is sent to an anaerobic digester where it will be converted into natural fertiliser and biogas, which is captured and used to create electricity.
  • A cycle to work scheme and a season ticket loan scheme encourage our people to cycle or use public transport to get to work.
  • We offset emissions from all business flights and train travel.

A copy of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's Environmental Policy is available to the public. If you would like to see a copy of the Environmental Policy, please contact Lorna Gavin, Head of CR (lorna.gavin@wragge-law.com).

Charity

Each year our people nominate and vote for a charity of the year. Following a fantastic fundraising year in 2014 in which we raised more than £65,000, we will be supporting Dogs for the Disabled during 2015.

Dogs for the Disabled is a national charity that works to provide assistance dogs to help adults and children who have a wide variety of different disabilities. In addition to the important practical support that the animals provide, the dogs help to boost confidence, open up social opportunities and provide a constant unconditional presence in the lives of the disabled people that they help.

Our team of Charity Champions across Birmingham and London are helping us to plan a wide range of fundraising events for 2015, including dress down days, coffee mornings and our annual big quiz, as well as a walking challenge and a cycling challenge.

Our Charity of the Year Policy explains how the partnership works, including how the successful charity is chosen.

Find out more about our corporate responsibility activities on our blog - Outstanding people.

  • ISO 14001 accredited

    Building on the work of our Eco Team and our Eco Champions, we have created an environmental management system (which we call "ECOsystem") which will underpin our work to reduce our environmental impacts.

  • London Benchmarking Group

    We are proud to be a member of the London Benchmarking Group (LBG). This group of over 100 leading companies works to measure community investment programmes and their impact in the business and wider community. The LBG model provides a global measurement standard and the ability for members to benchmark and share best practice.

Corporate Responsibility News