A BLACK Country law firm has been given a major boost after it was named as one of the best places to work in the UK.

Talbots Law, the independent legal specialist which has offices in Stourbridge, Halesowen and Dudley, was awarded a 1* rating by the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Companies To Work For’ survey after its first-ever application.

Every employee was asked to complete an independent survey of their experience of working at Talbots, comprising 70 searching questions based on ‘eight factors of workplace engagement’, including leadership, personal growth and giving something back.

Mary Mocklow, chief executive of Talbots, said: “We were absolutely delighted with a 1* award – this means we are officially ‘very good’ in best companies terms.

“We have set ourselves the ambitious target of getting into the top 100 within five years. Our first application was about gauging our position and what we needed to do to be successful.

“It is a great exercise for any business, especially if you want to take the temperature of your company, to understand what you are doing well and find areas for improvement.

“We want to be an employer of choice in the Black Country and Worcestershire and this doesn’t just magically happen.”

Talbots scored consistently across the board but was specifically praised for its approach to wellbeing, sense of team and personal growth.

Mary added: “This 1* award will help us retain and attract the very best people who can deliver the great service our clients rightly expect.”