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Muckle shortlisted in two categories in the national Legal 500 ESG Awards

19th Feb 2024 | Environmental, Social and Governance | Environmental | Social | Governance | Our values
Jason wainwright, Nicola Leyden, Debbie McCormick and Hugh Welch sitting at a table in the Muckle office. The words 'responsibility' and care are on the walls in the background

We're delighted to have been shortlisted in two national categories in the inaugural Legal 500 ESG UK Awards

The awards aim to honour outstanding ESG initiatives within the UK legal sector, encompassing private practice, in-house and the Bar. 

The prestigious awards will see organisations and individuals recognised for their efforts to bring about change across all aspects of ESG; including diversity & inclusion and environmental and sustainability strategy.

ESG champions

We've been shortlisted for the Social Mobility: Best initiative to Attract and Retain Talent (outside London) for our North East Solicitor Apprenticeship (NESA) programme. The programme, in partnership with Northumbria University, allows young people to earn a law degree without the debt of student loans.

Senior Partner Hugh Welch has also been shortlisted for the 'Social Mobility: Private Practice Champion of the Year' award due to his considerable long term efforts in driving the business's ESG strategy and commitment to giving back to the community.

Commitment to the community

We've consistently placed a strong emphasis on social and environmental impact alongside profitability, and in January 2024, we became the first firm in the North East and Cumbria to be awarded a B Corporation® certificate (or B Corp™). 

This achievement recognises our unwavering commitment to our ESG strategy and continuous improvement, leading the charge in ethical and sustainable business practices within the legal industry in our region.

Senior Partner and head of the ESG Programme at Muckle, Hugh Welch, said: “For the past two decades, we’ve been involved in supporting the wider North East community and driving positive change. It’s great to see our efforts being noticed across the region and nationwide.

“Our commitment to ESG strategies represents the core values and culture of our entire team. It's great to be up against influential individuals and organisations, all of whom are carrying out amazing work to improve ESG within the legal sector.”

Find out more about the Legal 500 ESG UK Awards, and you can read more about our ESG strategy here.

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