Legal & Regulatory
Corporate Social Responsibility
Our corporate responsibilities
We believe that our business behaviour must be socially responsible. We believe that businesses should take account of the impact of their activities on the economy and society. We aspire to make a positive impact in the community in which we operate.
We know that our clients expect similar standards of socially responsible behaviour from their professional advisers. Our policy is to make social responsibility a core value of our organisation because it makes sound business sense to do so and, more importantly, because we know it is the right thing to do.
Our activities are organised into the following areas:
In considering the environment, we have resolved:
- To encourage environmental responsibility amongst our contracts, suppliers, and staff and include environmental considerations in our purchasing and procurement processes;
- To minimise our consumption of natural resources and manage waste through responsible disposal and the reuse and recycling, including paper and ink cartridges;
- Where appropriate, staff are encouraged not to print documents or to print documents double sided;
- To minimise our use of electricity by ensuring all electrical equipment is turned off when not in use.
- pro bono work
- networking and supporting local business activities
- local charities – activities, sponsorship
- sponsorship of local clubs, events, teams etc
- workplace based – involvement in local schools, work experience, career talks etc
Staff are encouraged to put forward ideas as to how we can improve our contribution to issues of CSR. Anyone in the firm with ideas should contact the Partners.
Equality and Inclusion Policy
Scope of This Policy
This policy covers all of our working relationships, including with:
- our colleagues, such as during recruitment exercises, promotions, appointments, training, terms and conditions and the working environment generally;
- our clients, such as how we take on new clients and work;
- suppliers of goods and services to us and to our clients, including instructing barristers and experts;
- third parties and their representatives.
It applies to all of our staff and also informs our development of policies and procedures and our operational practices.
We are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity in all aspects of our business. We and all of our staff will respect diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We shall treat everyone we encounter in our work fairly and with respect, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, nationality and national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for clients or staff (including those applying to join our team) with a disability to ensure that they are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to those who are not disabled. We will not make a charge to our staff or our clients for an adjustment we make for them. In particular and where appropriate, we are happy to:
- visit clients at home if our premises are not accessible to them due to a physical limitation;
- offer different options for communicating with individuals who have a visual, speech or hearing impairment, including arranging signing facilities;
- for clients whose first language is not English, facilitate and support access to interpretative and translative support as far as possible
We as a business will never discriminate unlawfully or bully, victimise or harass anyone and we will not tolerate such behaviour from our staff. As a business we will also take steps to train our staff and raise awareness to prevent unlawful discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimization. If any problems are identified we will act promptly and effectively to resolve them.
We hope to go beyond the basic legal requirements in this area and create a business in which individual differences are valued.
We will make this policy available for our clients and staff to view on our website. We will draw our clients’ attention to this policy when we are first instructed. We encourage clients and suppliers in particular to engage with us about any concerns which they have about delivering on the commitments we make in this policy.
The remainder of this policy sets out how we intend to ensure that we are meeting these commitments in practice.
All staff receive training on our obligations under the Equality Act, the SRA Code of Conduct and our equality and inclusion values more generally as part of our core induction training.
We use our quality and standards assurance processes to ensure that our service remains of a high technical and ethical standard. This will include consideration of whether staff are meeting the requirements of this policy and the law in this area.
We believe strongly in the benefits of a diverse workforce. We will periodically monitor the diversity of our workforce in an effort to build a strong and diverse team. We will be guided by best practice, including guidance provided by the SRA from time to time, in our approach to our workforce monitoring. Generally speaking we aim to publish a summary of our diversity data. However, we will not publish our diversity data unless we can be satisfied that there is no material risk of an individual being identified from the anonymised data.
Serious or persistent failures by any member of staff to satisfy the standards set out in this policy and in law in this area may result in disciplinary action, including in appropriate cases dismissal.