CORPORATE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Overview

We acknowledge that running our business has an effect on society. In particular, we have a responsibility to our clients, our employees and contractors as well as the broader community in which we operate.

We are committed to taking responsibility for our actions and encourage a positive contribution towards improving standards for our clients and employees, minimising our impact on the environment and improving the quality of the local community.

By putting CSR into practice, we are committed, wherever possible, to:

· Conducting ourselves responsibly and in an ethical manner
· Creating a positive and supportive working environment
· Supporting local communities
· Improving service levels to clients
· Acting fairly in our dealings with suppliers and other third parties
· Minimising the impact on our environment.

Communication

We communicate this policy to our staff, clients and other stakeholders by means of our website, publicity materials, and internal memos.

We provide our staff with training on our CSR strategy and this policy and seek to raise awareness of any negative impacts of our business and methods to reduce them.

Responsibility and review

John Kanaras, who is the firm’s nominated officer, has overall responsibility for our CSR strategy and for implementing this policy. He has a key role in ensuring the systems and controls we have in place are effective.

All members of staff have a role to play in complying with our CSR objectives and are encouraged to make further suggestions in relation to initiatives we could undertake. If anyone has a suggestion, they should contact John Kanaras.

We are committed to ensuring our policy remains effective. As part of our ongoing commitment, this policy is reviewed at least annually to verify its effective operation. Records of the reviews are maintained and any necessary amendments are made to the policy, as appropriate.

Our CSR principles

Our conduct
We aim to adopt the highest professional standards and not to act in such a way as to compromise our firm’s integrity.

We actively promote respect between our staff members in their dealings with each other and with clients and other third parties.

Our working environment

We recognise that our staff are our most important resource. We actively seek to offer our staff a positive and healthy working environment and ensure that they have rewarding careers and job satisfaction.

We consider all staff members to be equal and we aim to create a working environment which is free of unlawful discrimination.

Our community

In considering our impact on the community we have resolved to sponsor or otherwise support local charities.

We will allow members of staff time off work to enable them to carry out work in support of their chosen charityand to encourage dialogue with local communities and groups for mutual benefit.

Our clients

We are committed to delivering a high level of service to all our clients. We understand that our business exists in a very competitive market and in order to retain our clients we need to deliver a professional and courteous service.

Wherever possible, we take steps to promote equal opportunity in relation to access to the legal services that we provide. We take account of the diversity of the communities we serve in order to ensure that, subject to funding constraints, our services are accessible to all clients.

Suppliers

We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and to promoting equality and diversity in our professional dealings with suppliers and other third parties.

We endeavour to enter into clear and fair contracts with our suppliers. We commit to the timely settlement of suppliers’ invoices.

Wherever possible, we aim to support the local economy by contracting with local suppliers.

Environment

We are committed to behaving responsibly and to minimising our impact on the environment. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment by:
· Minimising waste and adopting sensible recycling policies in respect of our paper and food consumption
· Providing safe and comfortable working conditions
· Encouraging staff to walk or cycle to work
· Ensuring that electrical equipment and lights are off when not in use
· Ensuring that heating is turned off or down outside office hours