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Why Exeter? – Laura McFadyen

Read the latest 'Why Exeter?' blog post below from Laura McFadyen, Employment & HR Lawyer at Stephens Scown.


Laura McFadyen


Name: Laura McFadyen

Job Title: Employment & HR Lawyer

Organisation: Stephens Scown LLP

No of employees: Just under 300


What makes Exeter and the sub-region special / interesting to you personally?

I grew up and went to school in Exeter and later on studied at Exeter University. I love living and working here and am proud to say Exeter is my hometown.


How long has Exeter been your base?  When did you come to Exeter and what made you move here?

After growing up in Exeter, I went to University in Durham and spent a number of years mainly working in London and the South East. Eight years ago I thought long and hard about where I really wanted to be. I was lucky enough to get a job at Stephens Scown and moved back to Exeter.


What do you think makes Exeter so successful?

The people, who are friendly, hard-working and genuinely love where we live. Exeter is big enough to have a thriving business community, but small enough so that people are able to get to know each other and build good working relationships. 


What do you consider the biggest achievements for your firm in the city over the last few years? 

This year Stephens Scown has been ranked number 12 in the influential Sunday Times list of the top 100 mid-sized firms to work for, as well as being the highest ranked law firm nationally on the list. The survey is designed to recognise the well-being and motivation of employees, and the results depend entirely on the opinion of employees.

Providing a high quality of our service to clients relies on the quality and motivation of our staff, so such a positive endorsement from staff shows that we are well placed to achieve this. Also, that Stephens Scown is a great place to work!


How do you hope to see your business grow over the next 5 years?

Stephens Scown remains committed to our region, along with clients and sectors we know best. This is where we began and where we plan to grow. Our wider success against other businesses show in the UK shows that some of the best companies can succeed and thrive in this fantastic part of the UK.


What do you think are the opportunities and challenges for Exeter as a leading centre for business, tourism and retail in the South West? How do you work with other businesses and organisations locally?

The firm is very proud of its South West roots and, through campaigns such as ‘Love where you live’ which celebrates all that’s best about the region, and a high profile campaign to ‘Support South West Dairy Farmers’, we support and work closely with local businesses and clients.


What do you enjoy in the city in your leisure time? 

I enjoy running down by the Quay, seeing local people enjoying the river and sunshine (on a good day)!  


What advice would you give to anyone considering relocating to Exeter / starting a business here?

Join the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, it gives you access to great networking events with other local businesses, opportunities to learn about issues relevant to the city, and have your voice heard.



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