Lewis Silkin highest ranking firm in Sunday Times’ best employer list

Six law firms have made it into The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Lewis Silkin was the only firm to make it into the top 20, being placed at number 19.

Mishcon de Reya, which was the UK’s top law firm employer in 2011 at number 28, was the second highest ranked law firm in 2012, placing at number 23. Baker & McKenzie, which is the only firm also to be included in The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers, was ranked at number 70, down from number 59 in 2011.

Withers and Reed Smith were new entrants at 77 and 88, respectively.

Mills & Reeve, which has been featured in the list for the past nine years, was ranked at number 90, the same position as last year.

One firm – Brabners Chafe Street – dropped out of the rankings altogether after being ranked number 81 in 2011.

In a statement, Bakers’ London managing partner Gary Senior said: “The ranking reflects the effort we continue to place on enabling our people to be the best they can be, and it’s pleasing to see such high levels of our employees’ engagement.”

More than 1,000 businesses and 231,000 employers take part in The Sunday Times’ annual survey, which asks employees to score their organisation based on eight factors, including employee wellbeing, views on management, compensation, morale and CSR.

Supermarket Iceland was crowned as the best big company for employees to work for this year.