For the management team whose members have worked effectively with specialists, including but not exclusively: audit, banking, consultancy, design, insurance, legal, property, recruitment, technology and training.

2017 winner

ARC Pensions Law

ARC Pensions Law is a new specialist boutique law firm. They adopted a very interesting and effective method using Kindleworth to provide full operational support including obtaining regulatory approval. Adopting this approach enabled the ARC Pensions Law partners to focus exclusively on providing their clients with high quality legal advice whilst through a focussed and effective execution of their support strategy with Kindleworththey were able to launch on time and on budget and then scale up. Given how many start-up firms are unable to control costs or manage processes effectively was a particularly impressive result.

Winner’s quote: “We are thrilled to win the MPF award for “Best Collaboration with External Specialists” for our partnership with Kindleworth LLP, who were a tremendous help to us in setting up and rapidly growing our new pensions law firm; it’s terrific that the MPF has an award category that recognises how important teaming up with the right external specialists can be to the success of a professional services business. This award allows us to publicly celebrate ARC and Kindleworth’s joint success on our journey so far.” Chris Mullen, Managing Partner, ARC Pensions Law

Best Collaboration With External Specialists

From left: Austin Healey, Chris Mullen, Anna Rogers, James Hacking (Kindleworth)
and Nadia Cristina (PM magazine)


2nd place

Reed Smith

Reed Smith partnered with an external consultancy firm which commissioned research from a team of senior psychologists at a leading University in order to enhance their business development approach. The benefits of this initiative were apparent not only from the increased levels of activity but notably from a recognition within the firm that it had resulted in a cultural change in the way the firm interacted with clients and potential clients.



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