HCR Law shortlisted for Arts, Business & Employees award at A&B Cymru awards

11th June 2024

Image of the logo of the A&B Cymru Awards

HCR Law have been shortlisted for the Arts, Business & Employees award at this year’s Arts & Business (“A&B”) Cymru Awards.

A&B Cymru promotes, enables, develops and sustains mutually-beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, with the awards encouraging, acknowledging and celebrating exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts.

These partnerships use creative techniques to deliver success on both sides. Along with providing opportunities for community engagement for both businesses and the arts, the partnerships help businesses position their brands effectively – and help staff think more creatively.

Through the programme, HCR Law has partnered with Hijinx Theatre – one of Europe’s leading inclusive theatre companies which creates outstanding performances with learning disabled and autistic artists on stage and screen.

The partnership has benefitted both HCR Law and Hijinx, thanks to an innovative approach to learning and development. Requiring an external provider to provide communications training to newly-qualified lawyers, the firm turned to Hijinx for an engaging, interactive learning opportunity.

The project involved two Hijinx members of staff and two actors providing 75 newly-qualified solicitors and 10 Partners with training. This training drew attention to the importance of adapting communications skills to suit client needs and raised awareness of more vulnerable clients while providing a new approach to learning.

The innovative project also promoted conversations around neurodiversity and inclusion throughout the firm.

Pip Thomas, Learning and Development Manager at HCR Law, said: “This shortlisting shows that we are a firm which invests in the learning and development of staff and that we are innovative in our approach to staff training.

“It’s very important for us to be inclusive both as a firm and as individuals in the work we do; these training events meant that we could learn more about what individuals need and ensure that we tailor our services accordingly. Similarly, we are happy to support the arts, particularly when this support can provide mutually-beneficial training and development outcomes.”

The awards ceremony and dinner is held at ICC Wales, Newport, on Thursday 4 July and brings together artists and businesses across Wales.