We are committed to making a positive difference and have a long tradition of acting in a socially responsible manner, whether it is in respect of our impact on the environment, our voluntary work or our charitable giving.
We believe that lawyers are lucky enough to hold a privileged position in society and with that comes responsibility. We make it our business to ensure that collectively we give something back.
We have a long-standing commitment to pro bono work. We have worked with both the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Free Representation Unit for many years, with our barristers providing assistance to those who need it but cannot afford it, ranging from short advices to multi-day trials. Collectively, we make four figure donations annually to the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Individual barristers also give up their time to act as voluntary advisors at local law centres.
In addition to the efforts of individual barristers and staff, we make an annual collective charitable donation. In 2014 we made the decision not to charge delegates to attend our annual Personal Injury Litigation Conference, suggesting instead that donations were made to our local Nottingham and Leicester Headway charities which work to improve life after brain injury. A total of £3,374 was raised, which was divided equally between the two charities.
We are committed to promoting wider access to the legal profession and to the Bar in particular. We aim to encourage young people to consider the law as a possible career for them when they might otherwise not do so.
We take part in work placement schemes organised by the Social Mobility Foundation and Pathways to Law, which give A-level students the opportunity to spend time with working barristers and enables them to make informed decisions about a career at the Bar.
We participate in the Speakers for Schools programme, where we provide careers talks to local students. We also work with the Career Academy in Law at a Lincolnshire College, providing talks on a career at the Bar, mentoring a student and offering a work placement. Our barristers also attend various Law Schools in the Midlands to meet students and provide information and guidance on the Bar.
We participate in various Inns of Court mentoring schemes and assist those who have made a significant financial commitment to the Bar with getting a pupillage, not necessarily here, and securing a future tenancy.
We believe that every member of staff deserves a Living Wage. As such, we are an accredited Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK and is above the National Minimum Wage. By having properly rewarded and motivated support staff, we are in the best position to deliver our cores values of excellence, service and integrity.