We want our firm to be a place where our people feel challenged, engaged and supported to fulfil their potential and perform at their best – inspiring people from broad and diverse backgrounds to access the full range of opportunities available to them in a professional law firm. Creating a culture of inclusion is key to achieving this.
We’re delighted to be the fourth organisation ever to have been accredited with the National Equality Standard.
We launched a female career progression programme in 2014, designed specifically to support female associates in overcoming some of the gender specific and perceived challenges of working in the legal profession.
We selected a group of partners to act as ‘parental partners’. They act as role models and provide those with parenting responsibilities with commercial, pragmatic and clear direction in relation to career progression.
We support a diverse range of charities, including our designated ‘charity of the year’. This year we are delighted to partner with the Whitechapel Mission, a homeless shelter supporting men and women caught in the cycle of poverty. We provide support both in terms of fundraising and through volunteering time. The firm has already pledged an initial financial donation and will be matching funds raised by employees throughout the duration of the partnership.
Our employees have been involved in a variety of charitable fundraising activities including a sky dive, running marathons, hosting a piano recital, bake sales and much more.
We are delighted to be involved with a range of projects that contribute to the local community. We are continuing to work with the Bromley by Bow Centre and some of our previous projects include creating a wild flower meadow, hosting a CV clinic and inviting ambitious youngsters to an ‘inspire day’ with us. We’re also working in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on their ‘Access to Professions: Law’ programme. We provide mentors, interactive speaker sessions, work experience and practical workshops for students who might not otherwise think about a career in law.
Not everyone has the money to pay for much needed legal services and we act on a pro bono basis, providing our legal services for free to a number of charities and NGOs. At the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau, we give free legal advice to litigants in person who cannot afford a solicitor. At the Royal College of Art, we help students and alumni with a pro bono advice clinic on intellectual property.
We are committed to minimising the impact of our operation and services on the environment. We achieve this by complying with the standards laid down in ISO 14001 (the international standard for environmental management systems, designed to reduce and control the impact of commercial organisations on the environment) and ISO 50001 (the international standard for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system).
We do everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment, by re-using, donating and recycling as many materials as possible. Not only are we now a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, we’ve also switched to Woodland Trust paper for use in reprographic services. In addition, we have supplied our employees with 'keep cups' to reduce our use of plastic cups and all of the cooking oil we use is refined into bio fuel. Our employees have the opportunity to volunteer to help with transforming community spaces and tree planting.