At the heart of our business lies a genuine passion for our region and a deep desire to have a positive impact on our community. From giving back to local causes to driving change that promotes equality inside and outside our business, being a responsible business is important to us. You can scroll down to learn more or read all about our recent community work in our latest CSR Review. It includes lots of links and videos to interact with and is a positively lovely read!
1% of our profits goes to charity
Each year we donate 1% of our annual profits to our charitable fund. And that soon adds up. In fact we’ve donated over £668,000 to local causes since we started the fund in 2002. From football clubs to scout groups, schools to mainstream regional charities. Giving back to community projects of all shapes and sizes is incredibly important to us.
Free legal advice
Gifting our expertise is one of the best ways we can make a difference. Society benefits, the reputation of the legal profession is strengthened, our people value it and our firm is stronger as a result. We give up to £100,000 of free advice to charities each year.
Time to give
Many of our people volunteer their time and skills to help all kinds of charities in all kinds of ways. In fact, everyone in the firm is entitled to two days paid volunteering leave per year. It’s helped us develop some fantastic relationships with lots of regional charities.
We try to recycle as much as we can, including waste paper, electrical items, printer toners and mobile phones. Our Let’s Think Green Team keeps our carbon footprint in check, helping us to achieve ISO14001:2015 certification by reducing our impact on the environment each year.
We’re a people business, and we want the best people to work for us. You can’t really be certain of finding the best people unless you give everyone a fair chance, no matter their background. We support equal opportunities for all and in 2017 started the UK’s first regional solicitor apprenticeship programme. Now aspiring lawyers can earn while they learn and qualify without the burden of rising university costs.
We believe a responsible business is also a positive place to work and we’ve developed an award winning culture. The latest development is our new agile office, giving people the flexibility to work as they work best.
We also have a Mental Health Advocates team and a range of other groups that meet to run, walk, cycle, sing and generally look out for our people’s mental and physical health.
For more information on what we’re doing to be a responsible business, please check out our Corporate Social Responsibility Review