We are committed to acting responsibly and believe that the long-term success of our chambers depends on meeting and exceeding the expectations of our stakeholders in relation to how we conduct our business, and the impact that we have on our profession and society as a whole.
Our most important responsibility is, of course, to provide first-class legal services, but our stakeholders – our people, our clients, our profession and society – expect us to run our business in an ethical and sustainable way, with robust risk management procedures; to support diversity, inclusion and wellbeing, both within and outside of our organisation; to contribute to our community and the legal profession through involvement in pro bono and volunteering, and active membership of professional bodies; and to manage our environmental footprint.
We already have strategies and procedures in place in relation to many of the priorities mentioned above and are working on an ongoing basis to ensure that we take a comprehensive approach to responsible business. Publicly reporting on our progress against our strategies will be an increasing part of this. We are working with Heart of the City to establish this process.
While we are passionate about making positive change, we are a small organisation and actively seek to collaborate with our clients, other barristers’ chambers, charities and other organisations to maximise the impact we can make. A recent example of this is our collaboration with youth organisation, Big Voice London on our 2018 student barrister experience programme, which aimed to encourage diversity in the legal profession (read more here). We are repeating this programme in 2019.
Please contact Georgie Watts if you would be interested in working with us on a joint project, or if you have any feedback on our responsible business activities.