More than 130 members of staff from Banner Jones came together earlier this month for its annual celebration of achievements, and to mark the firm’s 145th anniversary. Banner Jones has offices in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield and Dronfield.
The event took place at Chesterfield football ground on Friday 1 December. The celebration saw CEO Simon Wright take to the stage to thank all of the employees from across the firm’s four locations for their contribution to the ongoing success of the business. He also paid tribute to those who played a pivotal role in supporting organisations and individuals across the East Midlands in the past.
Banner Jones (previously Jones Middleton) moved into its offices on Chesterfield’s Glumangate in 1878 and is one of the oldest surviving businesses in the town today.
Over the years Banner Jones has supported numerous local charities through fundraising. These include Ashgate Hospice, St Luke’s Hospice and The Samaritans. They also participate in events such as Free Wills Month, Mission Christmas and the Kingsmill Toy Appeal.
Banner Jones invests in the health and wellbeing of their team, as well their professional development alongside supporting the community.
The firm has a robust internal training programme, with nine trainee solicitors currently undertaking their solicitor training, two apprentice solicitors and various others working on CILEX qualifications, licensed conveyancer exams and legal diplomas.
15% of employees have been with the business for over 20 years, and eight for over 30 years. One such individual is CEO Simon Wright, who undertook work experience with the firm aged 16 years old, before ultimately joining the firm in September 1987.
Commenting on the anniversary milestone, Simon said: “The firm’s journey to date has been long and impressive and the ongoing development of its people and its IT infrastructure are continuing to make it a great place to work and, I believe, a great firm with which to do business.”