One is a much-loved stalwart of the British high street famed for its blockbuster Christmas ads. The other is a five-lawyer employment law boutique based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 

What do they have in common? An employee ownership trust.

In February, Crossland Employment Solicitors became one of a small but growing number of law firms to have adopted the ownership model most famously used by department store giant John Lewis.

Crossland is run by Beverley Sunderland, a high-profile employment lawyer who regularly pops up in the national and local media, including on LBC radio and the BBC. In June last year, her firm broke the ‘furlough fraud’ story that one in three furloughed employees had been asked b...

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