Published September 19, 2023

Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett is to offer an onboarding bonus to key hires as part of its strategy for continued growth.

The firm, which has offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, is seeking experienced, commercially-minded legal professionals to join its corporate, intellectual property, dispute management and property teams.

The right candidates will be offered an onboarding bonus of up to 20 per cent of their annual salary – provided they have approached the firm directly to register their interest in the roles, rather than applying through a recruitment or headhunting firm.

Lupton Fawcett’s managing partner, James Richardson, said: “Legal firms across the region have faced a talent squeeze for some years and the current economic uncertainty has intensified this, with many people who might otherwise have been looking for their next move deciding to stay put.

“For a small number of strategic roles that are key to our future plans, we will actively offer an onboarding bonus to candidates who can demonstrate they’re the right fit for our firm.

“Combined with the other elements of our overall offer as an employer, we hope it will help us attract people to these roles who have the skills and qualities to support our growth.”

Onboarding bonuses, sometimes called joining bonuses or ‘golden hellos’, are a common feature of the US legal sector, with many firms offering them to attract talent who may be held back from applying for a new role by the prospect of missing out on an annual bonus from their existing employer.

Jen Salt, Lupton Fawcett’s head of people and performance, said: “We’re always looking for creative ways to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and this is another example of our willingness to do things differently to get the right result.

“We’re looking for talented team players who are motivated by delivering outstanding client care and who want to work in a supportive environment, where they are treated as people first and solicitors second.

“The offer of an onboarding bonus is a way of attracting their attention and demonstrating we mean business in what remains a challenging recruitment market.”

Lupton Fawcett provides a full range of commercial and personal legal services to clients throughout the UK from its offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

It was named as one of The Times Best Law Firms 2022. It is also listed among the Chambers UK 2022 guide to the top-ranked law firms for its work in the corporate, employment, intellectual property and family law sectors.

Its regulatory and corporate defense team was recently named as a finalist in the Regulatory and Compliance category of the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023.

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