We believe that, to be successful, our business must have a positive social impact.
We are an integral part of the communities - global and local - in which we operate and believe that supporting these communities is part of our responsibility as a business.
In particular, we believe that it is our duty - as a leading international law firm - to help level the playing field by improving access to justice, access to education and access to professional opportunities for disadvantaged groups. We also believe that a strong community programme reflects our values: a commitment to valuing difference, to building human connections, to treating others as we would wish to be treated and to developing long-term partnerships.
We do this through our Social Impact Programme. Led by Partner, Christopher Page and our dedicated Social Impact Team, it comprises a strong Pro Bono practice and a high impact Community Investment programme of fundraising and volunteering activities.
Our connections with our community are all the more important in times of crisis and we are proud to have strengthened our Social Impact Programme in response to COVID-19 by:
- Increasing our volunteering allowance from 14 to 21 hours for staff to lend their time and skills to support the NHS or COVID-19 related causes.
- Launching Project Companion – an emergency package of fundraising and pro bono support to assist Emmaus, a national charity providing homes and livelihoods for the homeless.
- Converting all our pro bono community legal advice clinics to webcam format so that people unable to afford a lawyer can get access to legal support during the lockdown period and sharing best practice with other commercial firms to help them do them same.
- Providing full-service pro bono legal support to Food4Heroes, a new non-profit organisation that is mobilising chefs and catering businesses nationwide to feed NHS workers on the frontline of the crisis.