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Kerry Stares

Partner & Director of Responsible Business and Pro Bono

Kerry leads the efforts we make as a Firm to operate responsibly.

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About

Kerry has a mandate to focus exclusively on environmental, social and governance issues. She works closely with senior management to understand and improve our impact and to ensure we are a business that creates shared value for our clients, our people, our communities and our natural environment.

She also supports our clients to interrogate how and why these issues create risk and value for their business and investments, to understand the fast changing ESG legal and regulatory landscape and to ensure the Firm is supporting them to achieve their ESG objectives – integrating ESG into our advice and thought leadership, making referrals and connections and partnering on ESG projects.

Kerry is a senior commercial litigator and solicitor advocate. She has extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector and social justice work, having held senior legal and management roles at leading international charities.

Experience

  • Co-chairs the Firm’s Responsible Business Steering Group
  • Oversees and coordinates our thought leadership and advisory work on environmental, social and governance issues
  • Leads the Firm’s participation in the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative - training and deploying our lawyers to the Greek Islands of Lesvos and Samos to support asylum seekers
  • Leads our Disability Benefits Appeals work with Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, training lawyers from across the Firm to help people appeal negative decisions in the First-Tier Tribunal
  • Established the first pro bono clinics in the UK via webcam enabling our lawyers to reach people in legal advice deserts outside London and to continue providing pro bono advice to people on low incomes during the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • Manages the Firm’s partnership with Social Business Trust (SBT) through which the firm provides pro bono support to help SBT’s portfolio of UK charities and social enterprises scale-up their reach and impact.

Our thinking

  • LIDW: An Era of Constant Change – an event to explore the General Counsel’s role in delivering sustainable growth whilst managing global ESG risks

    Caroline Greenwell

    Events

  • ESG due diligence in private company M&A

    Megan Gray

    Insights

  • The UK government proposes new corporate sustainability disclosure standards based on global benchmark

    Kerry Stares

    Insights

  • How are sustainability and ESG shaping the role of in-house counsel?

    Kerry Stares

    Insights

  • High density urban development: how does taking a human-centred approach and prioritising the creation of social value drive financial returns?

    Kerry Stares

    Quick Reads

  • Charles Russell Speechlys’ UK offices receive environmental certification

    Kerry Stares

    News

  • Net zero transition planning for property-intensive businesses

    Kerry Stares

    Insights

  • Kerry Stares writes for Funds Europe on private companies entering a new era of transparency on ESG

    Kerry Stares

    In The Press

  • Updated Green Finance Strategy

    Kerry Stares

    Quick Reads

  • Sustainability Leaders: Guy Battle, Social Value Portal and Liam Ronan-Chlond, Socius Development

    Kerry Stares

    Podcasts

  • Charles Russell Speechlys features in the Financial Worldwide discussing sustainability in the retail industry

    Jason Saiban

    News

  • Property Patter: The Notorious ESG?

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • UK FCA follows EU and US regulators to warn against greenwashing of financial products

    Kerry Stares

    Quick Reads

  • Get real on net-zero - five takeaways from the IPCC report

    Kerry Stares

    Quick Reads

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