Founders Diaries: Introducing HRC Law partner Simon Whitehead

HRC Law introduction
At HRC Law, we provide clear, plain English legal advice, delivered in a commercial and an approachable way, with a fees-models tailored around what works best for our clients. The business has passed the £1m mark in terms of its fee income and with a growing team and client base, this year feels like a real coming of age.

The kind of thing you can expect from my entries will be the experiences picked up from taking a startup to a sizeable operation, while keeping our team and clients happy and loyal.

Like many business founders, I feel people will remain our greatest challenge. Hiring the best people requires investment and a long-term commitment from the business. To date, we’ve built a loyal team and seen nobody leave us as we’ve grown. I put this down to the close-knit culture of transparency that we’ve built. Retaining our best people will always be a challenge and finding people who are not only technically excellent but fit our distinct approach and fresh take on our sector will prove difficult.

At HRC Law, we already have a track record of adding new service lines as a result of our clients’ requirements, having done so with commercial property, dispute resolution and corporate. My diary entries will likely follow the evolution of these areas of the business and potential consideration of adding more strings to our bow.

We’ve set out to be sector specialists as well as knowing our area of the law inside-out so I expect to be able to share how we’re finding that approach in sectors such as recruitment where we are very well established to industries such as creative and digital in which we are just beginning to make our name.

The funny thing with running a law firm like HRC Law is that many people view us as advisors and almost forget that we’re also running a business in the same way they are – it’s just that our commodity is legal advice. As well as looking forward to writing my entries, I’m keen to read the other Founders Diaries as so many challenges and opportunities are shared across businesses regardless of shape, size or sector.

This article is part of a wider campaign called Founders Diaries, a section of Real Business that brings together 20 inspiring business builders to share their stories. Assembling companies from a wide variety of sectors and geographies, each columnist produces a diary entry each month. Visit the Founders Diaries section to find out more.

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