HM3 Legal Awards & Achievements

Shout Outs & Support

By HM Team – Chester, Liverpool, Birkenhead

The HM3 Legal team are a bunch of bl**dy brilliant lawyers, and on this page we celebrate their achievements. Massive congratulations to everyone shown here. A wow, gold-standard service happens when people aim high. Thanks to everyone for standing apart and supporting our community.

HM Achieves Further IIC Gold Accreditation

The gold rating is the highest standard awarded and is based on independent research from customer experience experts Investor in Customers (IIC). The accreditation takes into account external and internal factors to determine:

  • the quality of service
  • strength of relationships
  • how well a business understands its customers
  • how it meets their needs and how it engenders loyalty.

Staff feedback evaluates how deeply client care is embedded within the company; reviewed are key areas clients expect from their legal provider: trust, fairness and integrity.

Richard Burnett added: “Looking after clients and employees is central to what we do, and we appreciate having independent recognition. The insight gained in 2020 has helped to shape our journey, energising our future. Thank you to everyone who is contributing and helping us to continue delivering services in a fresh and energetic way.”

Hillyer McKeown Principal Sponsor of Cheshire Phoenix basketball team.

Cheshire Phoenix compete in the British Basketball Premier League and play their home games at the Cheshire Oaks Arena in Ellesmere Port.

Hillyer McKeown (now HM3 Legal) had previously been a corporate supporter as well as the club’s official legal partner. The continuing sponsorship deal reflects HM3 Legal’s commitment to supporting local clubs, and grass-roots sports.

To find out more about the club, visit

Official Legal Supplier for Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair

Hillyer McKeown was delighted to be the Official Legal Supplier of the Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair.

The organisers of the Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair Cheshire’s premier art fair at Chester Racecourse – are passionate about promoting the region and supporting emerging and established Artists.

“We are delighted to have Hillyer McKeown as our Official Legal Supplier to the Fair. They are supportive in our mission to promote creativity and innovation via arts and culture events in Cheshire. Chester Arts Fair offers something for everyone from affordable and investment art, to a full programme of live art demonstrations and much more”. Laura O’Hare, Fair Director

HM3 Legal (then Hillyer McKeown) has been a proud supporter of this art and cultural event since 2017, and the legal team has further supported artists and the Visual Arts Association (VAA).

North-West law firm first to offer pioneering articled apprentice scheme

HM3 Legal (then Hillyer McKeown) was proud to be the first law firm in England and Wales to offer “Articled Apprenticeships” a programme aimed at opening up the profession to a greater number of talented candidates.

Participating firms work closely with The University of Law (ULaw), which developed the programme, to provide an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor for those who want to earn while they learn.

Successful candidates are employed by the firms throughout the six-year apprenticeship, while studying ULaw’s part-time LLB course in Chester, a qualifying law degree approved by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales.

Carol Draycott, Centre Director at ULaw in Chester, said at the time:

“We expect the scheme to appeal to school leavers who do not wish to rack up student debt while at university, but also to people considering a change of career who can make the transition while still earning a salary.

Richard Burnett, then Partner at HM3 Legal, said: “We were delighted to be the first law firm in the country to adopt the Articled Apprenticeship programme. We are a firm with big plans and the opportunity to grow our own talent is an exciting one.

“The traditional full-time university route is not for everyone and this pioneering scheme offers a fantastic alternative route to becoming a solicitor.”

What’s it like to work at a legal firm?

Find out for yourself by reading the blog from one of our 5 week placements, detailing their Work Based Learning experience at our offices in Chester. Here’s a taster…

“The task that I enjoyed the most was market research because I found it interesting reading about different sectors, how they market their business to their target audience, and the development of the business. I have also enjoyed learning about how to build web pages using the content management system (CMS) WordPress. The most challenging task I have taken up so far is blogging…”