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Living Wage
10 QUEEN STREET PLACE, LONDON, EC4R 1BE, ENGLAND
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BWB’s principles are at the core of the business and encapsulate the firm’s purpose: a commitment to delivering high quality commercial work, and to furthering justice and the public interest.

It is the basis upon which the firm was founded over 40 years ago and still lies at the heart of everything BWB does. It describes what we stand for and how we operate as a business. It means that we strive to make a positive difference for our people, our community and our environment and for the public interest. We set ourselves challenging targets in all areas of CSR and monitor them to ensure that we really are making a difference.

BWB is proud to be the first UK law firm to certify as a B Corp. B Corp certification is awarded to purpose-driven organisations that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, and create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. The certification reaffirms BWB’s position as the leading City law firm for socially responsible businesses.

We believe that as a business we have a responsibility to play a positive role in our community and to make a meaningful contribution in a wider social context. We encourage employees at every level to engage in pro bono work, volunteer work and charity trusteeships. We support this through our firmwide Volunteering Policy, which allows employees two days a year to dedicate to volunteering.

We are founder supporters of the Living Wage campaign, and support Advocates for International Development, Heart of the City, City Action, LawWorks, and the Legal Sector Alliance amongst others.

We believe that the wider environmental and ethical implications of our actions should be considered at all times. As part of our campaign to reduce our carbon footprint and manage our environmental impact, BWB operates an Environmental Management System (EMS) that has gained BS EN ISO 14001: 2008 certification.

We believe that everybody has the right to fair treatment and equal opportunities at work. We aim to establish long term working relationships with our staff offering career development opportunities, a safe and happy workplace and a range of support services. BWB recently assembled a Diversity and Inclusion Forum to develop proposals and policies which further drive diversity and inclusion within the firm. The forum is comprised of a representative group of individuals from across the firm, chaired by one of our many female partners. The forum members partake in and encourage debate and discussion among their peers, organise events and seminars to increase awareness and strive to ensure diversity and inclusion remains central to the firm’s culture.

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  • Gulbenkian Andonain discuss NEW Tier 1 Start-Up Visa and the NEW Tier 1 Innovator Visa

    The document entitled "Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules" which was released by the House of Commons on the 7th March 2019, outlined and advised us on a number of changes that will come into place that will affect the Tier 1 Investor Visa amongst other visa programmes and schemes. The latest article on our website discusses both of these new UK business visa routes. Our immigration lawyers London are already up to date on all of the required information for both the NEW Tier 1 Start-Up Visa and the NEW Tier 1 Innovator Visa .
  • Upcoming Changes to the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa

    According to the new document from the House of Commons on March 7th 2019 titled “Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules”, a number of changes will come into place that affecting the Tier 1 UK Investor Visa programme amongst other visa programmes and schemes. Read about them in our latest  article . 
  • Brexit and non-EU Immigration

    There is no doubt that the UK has to date benefited immensely from visa-free EU immigration to the extent that visa conditions and caps on non-EU migrant have undermined and overshadowed the ability of this group to play a prominent role in British industry and commerce and in its expanding and overburdened NHS service. It is the view of  Gulbenkian Andonian  however, that after  Brexit, there should be a noticeable change in those skilled non-EU migrants contributing to British society in a meaningful way. 
  • Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors discuss Post Brexit scenarios - EU Nationals and Salient Immigration

    From 1 January 2021 everyone except for British and Irish citizens will be subject to immigration control in the UK.   Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors has already published an article on this topic of post- Brexit immigration and has discussed the case of EU nationals and family members after Brexit, you can find that article here as one of many in our blog .
  • DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENTS: THE BEST OPTION? OR A FLAWED IDEA?

    Tescoadmitted wrongdoing over its accounting scandal in order to obtain a deferredprosecution agreement and avoid a conviction. But with everyone charged overthe scandal having been cleared, Aziz Rahman examines whether the deferredprosecution agreement process needs revising.
  • DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENTS: OBTAINING ONE AND SEEING IT THROUGH TO COMPLETION

    With Standard Bank having become the first organisation to conclude a DPA, Aziz Rahman explains why gaining one is only the start of the challenge.
  • DISMISSAL AT NISSAN AND WORKPLACE CRIME PREVENTION

    The sacking of Nissan’s high-profile chairman may have beenproof that nobody is infallible. But Nicola Sharp argues that it should also beseen as an indicator that no company can be considered safe from wrongdoing.
  • Applying for A Sole Representative Visa

    Regardless of the Brexit outcome, the United Kingdom will remain one of the world most powerful economies. With a market of 65 million people and close ties with Europe, many overseas-based organisations look to establishing a subsidiary or branch office in Britain.
  • BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS IN MORE THAN ONE JURISDICTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING A JOINED-UP DEFENCE AP

    Aziz Rahman considers the Ericsson bribery investigation and outlines how best to respond if you are investigated by more than one law enforcement agency
  • Have Changes to The Spouse/Civil Partnership Minimum Income Threshold Made A Difference?

    The plight of those denied a UK Spouse/CivilPartnership Visa or a Spouse/Civil Partnership Visa extension continues to feature in the headlines.   In August 2018, the Guardian reported on one young woman, driven to attempt suicide after her fiancé, an Albanian national, was not permitted to enter the country.   The Home Office ruled Paige Smith, a British Citizen, did not meet the £18,600 income threshold.   It later transpired the Home Office lost a crucial payslip proving that Ms Smith met the criteria, a document the department had been sent four times by a Solicitor and Ms Smith’s MP.   The appeal Judge took ten minutes to rule the Visa should have been approved; however, the couple still had to wait two months for the Home Office to declare it would not appeal the decision.