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Shoosmiths LLP

WATERFRONT HOUSE, WATERFRONT PLAZA, 35 STATION STREET, NOTTINGHAM, NG2 3DQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 865000
Fax:
Fax 03700 865001
DX:
10104 NOTTINGHAM
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk
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Diversity/Community
To thrive as a law firm, we need difference. Difference of thought and perspective, difference in perception and approach to challenges. Our diversity and inclusion mission aims to help attract and nurture a diverse group of staff and to create an environment and culture that is genuinely inclusive, where every member of staff feels valued for their contribution to the firm. In doing this we will ensure we have the best people, that they are happy and confident in developing great relationships and are capable of delivering fantastic results and a unique service to our clients.

We have an excellent track record and have achieved significant recognition for encouraging diversity in the legal profession. As founding members of the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter, we are pleased to have achieved Gold standard status. We were the first UK law firm to publish its gender pay gap data in advance of the April 2018 legal deadline and have been working to advance equality both in the firm and the profession.

We have continued to partner and work with organisations such as the Law Society and Aspiring Solicitors, and maintain affiliation to Disability Confident and Time to Change to advance work on equality, diversity and inclusion.
Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) vision is to be the leading national law firm famous for its positive contribution to society.

Operating with the highest standards of business integrity and practice governs our approach and our people are inspired through their working practices to exemplify our business conduct as a responsible corporate citizen.
Continual improvement forms an important part of our approach in order that we can strive to achieve balance in the three pillars of sustainability and an overall positive environmental impact as a result of the way we do business.

Our CR 2019/2022 priorities include:
Marketplace

  • to support the commercial and societal CR aspirations of our clients. Our breadth of legal expertise is supported by our collaborative approach of undertaking joint projects e.g. pro bono services, volunteering, fundraising, workshops and sharing best CR practice.

Workplace

  • we are all unique and have special contributions to make;
  • opportunities for all to meet their full potential and demonstrate leadership;
  • Use our skills and expertise to achieve a positive contribution to the delivery of the global Sustainable Development Goals and minimise our negative impacts; and
  • we also want to encourage individuals interested in working in the legal sector irrespective of background or circumstances

Environment

  • best practice compliance with regulations;
  • measurement and targets;
  • allegiances to sustainability campaigns;
  • supplier engagement to reduce environmental impacts; and
  • environmental management system audited by external parties

Community

  • Legal advice in all areas where we practise provided on a pro bono basis to clients (individuals and organisations) in need who are unable to afford legal advice and who do not have access to funding;
  • Building and maintaining enduring community relationships that achieve positive impacts for the organisations we work with;
  • Working with third sector organisations focused on the global Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • staff volunteering through provision of good quality, skills based volunteering.

Our approach, including our CR blog, our policies and our annual corporate responsibility reports and annual UN Global Compact Communications on Progress are located at:
https://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/about-us/corporate-responsibility-252.aspx

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