North-West rivals are the best firms to work for

Pannone has retained the third spot in the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for list while the biggest riser on the list was Brabners Chaffe Street.

Brabners rocketed 23 spaces from last year’s ranking, this year bagging 67th spot.

Brabners managing partner Michael Brabner told the Lawyer: “We are pleasantly surprised and this is naturally great for our profile. It will also help with recruitment as we are looking to recruit very heavily across the board.”

Out of the seven law firms that made it into the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for rankings, for the second year running, Manchester’s Pannone bagged 3rd place.

Next on the list but trailing 37 spaces behind Pannone, was Trowers & Hamlins, which came in at 40th spot. Next were Wragge & Co and Olswang who came in at 51st and 53th place, respectively.

Notable absentees from this year’s list were Browne Jacobson and Martineau Johnson. A spokesman for Browne Jacobson said that the firm did not enter this year but would be looking to re-enter in 2008 . Martineau Johnson, however, this year failed to make the list.

Martineau Johnson managing partner Bill Barker said: “Obviously we are disappointed not to have made the list having done so successfully in the last 2 years and with the number of firms entering the competition on the increase – this has had a knock on effect.

“The firm has continued its commitment to its staff this year – particularly in relation to the development of its work-life balance culture…. We will continue to work with our staff over the next 12 months with a view to regaining our place in the list.”

Other firms to feature on the list were Addleshaw Goddard, which rose 11 places from last year, this year claiming 83rd place and Mills and Reeve, which dropped 31 spaces from last year to clinging onto 93rd spot.