Meet Fords Daly Legal

Meet Fords Daly Legal

Meet Fords Daly Legal

Fords Daly Legal, a law firm based in Kirkcaldy, offer a wide range of legal services across Fife, Edinburgh, Lothian and beyond. The firm was established by husband and wife legal team, Nigel and Fiona Ford, in 1991. They now have a team of 10 including daughter Lauren and son Scott, making it a true family business.

Journey to Accreditation

Following challenging times in 2013, Nigel and Fiona recognised the need to retain loyal employees and worked towards goals which would ensure this. Living Wage accreditation fitted well with their vision and aspirations. Fiona tells us that “paying the real Living Wage and accreditation is a leap of faith, but one we are glad we took, and we have seen the benefits for our business from it.”

The Benefits of Accreditation

Since becoming accredited, the business has seen a range of benefits. Staff have shown gratitude for the payment of a fair wage, and say they feel fortunate to work for a responsible employer. Many of Ford Daly Legal’s clients have responded positively to the accreditation, as it means they know the staff are being recognised and appropriately rewarded for their hard work.  Fiona strongly feels that it’s important to that staff feel valued and are rewarded for their hard work and contribution to the business.

Fiona says the business has become more profitable since they implemented the real Living Wage, allowing them to hire two new members of staff. Staff say they feel valued and this has positively impacted on the customer service they provide. The owners also feel that accreditation will continue to benefit the business, no matter the challenges.

They tell us that "It has helped the business become more robust and more able to weather future challenges due to the dedication and commitment of the staff. We are concerned about what Brexit may bring but Living Wage accreditation is part of ensuring our business is as strong as it can be."

Staff have also seen personal benefits to being paid a wage which is based on the real cost of living. Emily Young, a Trainee Paralegal started with the business on an apprenticeship and says she is happy to have had the opportunity to continue to learn on the job and earn a fair wage. Emily says “being paid the real Living Wage is helping me save for my own house as well as have a social life. Without being paid the real Living Wage it would have taken much longer to save and it’s nice to know that I don’t need to choose between saving for a home and still being able to live my life."

Brooke McKenzie has worked for Fords Daly Legal for almost two years as an Administrator and also works within the Property section of the business. The real Living Wage that Brooke receives as a 19 year old is significantly higher than the National Minimum Wage and Brooke tells us that “it's helped me get a car and move out of my parents as well as being able to socialise. Being paid the Living Wage shows how much our work cares about us, you feel like you fit in here and our employers get back what they put in.”

 

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