We have always believed it is important to conduct our business in a responsible, ethical and professional manner and we encourage all of our staff to engage in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
The Programme supports charities, local communities, and not-for-profit-organisations, as well as improving access to justice by broadening the range of people who can access our legal skills. Our three key objectives in this area are as follows:
Working with local communities
We work with our local communities, developing meaningful ties with schools, universities, youth projects and community groups, and using our influence to help give people better opportunities to access to the legal profession.
Pro bono - Access to justice
We undertake a number of pro bono initiatives designed to give individuals and organisations, both at home and abroad, the opportunity to access levels of legal advice that would not normally be obtainable.
Our partnership provides substantial financial support to a major charity partner over a two year period. Our current partner is Contact the Elderly. The Travers Smith Foundation also enables us to support even more charities, local communities, and not-for-profit-organisations by issuing small grants and donations.
Daniel Gerring, former CSR Partner, writes about Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes in the June edition of The Lawyer
We have a CSR Committee which is made up of people drawn from across the Firm. The Committee is chaired by Donald Lowe, a Partner in our Finance Team and the Firm’s CSR Partner. Donald has overall responsibility for the Firm’s CSR Programme and works closely with Chris Edwards, our dedicated CSR and Diversity Director and an expert in this area. Progress on the Firm’s CSR Programme is reviewed by our Partnership Board on a six monthly basis and both our Senior and Managing Partners are actively involved with and committed to this work.