Firm Profile > Lester Aldridge LLP > London, England

Lester Aldridge LLP
1 Fore Street
LONDON
EC2Y 5EJ
England

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

The dispute resolution team at Lester Aldridge LLP has experience across a range of litigation and arbitration proceedings and counts marine, defence and financial services among its sector specialisms. The group acts for prominent corporates in the region and is adept at handling disputes with cross-border elements, particularly across Europe and the US. The group is led by property litigator Kate Stewart and includes Michael Veal, who is also dual-qualified in England and Wales and Ireland; Veal has particular expertise in commercial and employee fraud disputes. Chris Evans has a broad practice including financial and contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kate Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Professionalism, good overall knowledge and of their particular area.

Good lawyers with well-rounded expertise – very commercial, thorough and available.

Michael Veale is mature, considered judgement, well-balanced advice, good commercial sense.

Chris Evans is commercial and pragmatic.

Associate Ben Kerley seems to punch above his weight in terms of not sitting on the fence.’

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP specialises in commercial property matters related to affordable housing, telecoms and care homes. The firm also provides experience in property investment, management and development, including real estate finance and recoveries. The practice is co-led by Suki Samra, who is know for his expertise in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, as well as the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993; development specialist Roger Woolley; and Mark Benham, who focuses on house building matters and the retirement living sector. Also notable are residential development expert Lucy Stevens and associate Rebecca Humm, who advises local and regional developers on range of matters, including planning.

Practice head(s):

Suki Samra; Roger Woolley; Mark Benham

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Stevens; Rebecca Humm; Matthew Barrow

Key clients

Excalibur Communications Group

McCarthy & Stone

Breeze Motor Group Plc

Meggitt PLC

Bargate Homes

Bloor Homes

Merck

Captiva Homes

Marina Developments Limited

Care South

CHG Holdings Limited

Meyrick Estate

Nested

Yorkshire Building Society t/a Norwich & Peterborough

Lloyds

Monzo Bank

Fonthill Care

Capture Housing Limited

Langham Land Limited

Lewis Investments Limited

Fragrance Group

Shawbrook

Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

In Bournemouth, Lester Aldridge LLP has a full-service corporate team which is geared towards advising regional SMEs and owner-managed businesses, although it also has significant experience with corporate clients. The group is led by corporate and commercial expert Grant Esterhuizen, whose practice spans joint ventures, commercial agreements and M&A, particularly in relation to the IT sector. Geoff Trobridge is an experienced commercial lawyer who has developed a niche in charities, social enterprises and data protection. Susan Cowan is a specialist in matters arising from the healthcare sector. In July 2019, Dean Drew joined the group from Irwin Mitchell and focuses on M&A transactions; an area associate Alexandra Clapp is also noted for.

Practice head(s):

Grant Esterhuizen

Testimonials

Lester Aldridge demonstrates a unique ability to quickly understand the nature of our business topics and commercial needs, and interpret the law in a simple way which addresses our concerns.’

I have nothing but the highest praise for Grant Esterhuizen’s work. His ability to rapidly understand our business needs and interpret the law in a user friendly means that we work really efficiently and effectively together. Grant responds quickly, grasps priorities, and helps guide us through the minefield of commercial law. And he does all this with a smile on his face!

Key clients

ESET Software UK

Osprey Europe

Walston Holdings

Enhanced Computer Solutions

Data Installation and Networking Services

Mar-Key Marquees

Intrum UK

Quality Care Group

Affordable Housing and Healthcare Group

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP has a strong profile in Dorset for its employment law work, and is well known for delivering specialist advice to clients in the care sector. Other areas of expertise include the employment aspects of large corporate transactions, TUPE transfers, insolvency and business immigration. Catharine Geddes' experience spans the full spectrum of employment work, which includes representing clients in employment tribunals and subsequent appeals. Geddes jointly leads the team with Kevin Barnett, whose clients are largely drawn from the corporate sector.

Practice head(s):

Catharine Geddes; Kevin Barnett

Testimonials

The employment law team at Lester Aldridge stands out for me as being one of the best that I have ever worked with. I attribute a lot of that to the way that the team interacts – they all clearly value and support each other, and work excellently alongside each other. They understand each other’s strengths. In delivering workshops and events, they bounce off each other very well, making it an enjoyable and informative experience for everyone.

Catharine Geddes always has time to talk things through, provides advice and guidance in a clear manner that is practical and pragmatic, yet clearly meeting our needs. Catharine worked with our Chair of Trustees recently, who reported to me how very impressed they were with her work and her helpful nature.

Key clients

Curtiss Wright Corporation

Ceuta Holdings Limited

Data Installations and Networking Services Limited T/a Data Techniques

Osprey Europe Limited

FRP Advisory LLP

Lush Limited

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Durable (UK) Limited

Care South

Health and safety Tier 1

Bournemouth-based Lester Aldridge LLP distinguishes itself through its extensive prosecution work for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and also for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Equally important is defence work following accidents, which the health and safety team carries out for clients in both public and private sectors; it mainly advises clients in the marine, care and construction industries in this space. Team head Michael Veal is a seasoned litigator, who has handled prosecution work for the HSE throughout the South West of England and South Wales. Working with Veal is associate Guy Gosheron, who is a barrister with a specialism in criminal prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Veal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Good regulatory law firm. Years of experience in both prosecuting and defending regulatory offences. As the previous holder of the HSE prosecution work contract, this firm has bags of experience in dealing with these types of offences. They use that experience to good effect in preparing and seeing through to completion cases of this sort.

Michael Veal is the standout operator at this firm. Capable of conducting advocacy himself, he never fails to instruct counsel when he thinks it is necessary or the case demands it. He has great insight into the issues that are likely to arise in a case, from the very early stages in any case. A great tactical thinker and is never under prepared.

A regional firm with the feel of a top City firm. Great relationships with clients and always prepared to go the extra mile.

Michael Veal is an exceptionally good lawyer who knows everything there is to know about health & safety law. He is approachable and has a really great relationship with clients. Knowledgeable and informed. Charming and one of the best around.

The health and safety team brings exceptional experience from both prosecuting and defending health and safety cases. There are few other firms outside of London that have the breadth of experience in health and safety outside of Lester Aldridge.

Michael Veal is a true leader in his field. A real expert in health and safety cases. He brings vast experience to such matters. Guy Gosheron is hard-working, tenacious and knowledgeable.

I have always found the firm to be efficient and knowledgeable. They are very easy to work with.

I have worked with Michael Veal on several cases. His knowledge of health and safety law is highly impressive but he also has a practical approach to cases which means that he quickly gets to the point and makes life easy for me, as a barrister, and in due course, for the jury.

Key clients

Health & Safety Executive

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Hampshire County Council

Shipping Tier 1

With a long-established market presence, the marine practice group at Lester Aldridge LLP handles the full scope of shipping matters with a particular focus on transactions and litigation. The group also acts for clients in collision claims and personal injury matters. Practice head Russell Kelly is noted for his advisory work on the purchase and sale of vessels; Linda Jacques is also a key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Russell Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Superb team. Linda Jacques is fantastic.’

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP has significant expertise in housebuilding, currently acting for five of the ten largest national housebuilders. The team is also seeing significant growth in the affordable housing sector and has a strong focus on the care market, as well as sheltered housing. Roger Woolley is a leading development lawyer and heads up the real estate group. Claire Long joined the team from Irwin Mitchell and advises on all aspects of non-contentious landlord and tenant work, while John Townsend arrived from Lewis Townsend LLP  and specialises in leasehold transactions.

Practice head(s):

Suki Samra; Roger Woolley; Mark Benham

Other key lawyers:

Claire Long; John Townsend; Sian Rowland

Testimonials

The commitment to us is second to none – Lester Aldridge always put our commercial interests at forefront of mind; have an excellent commercial awareness, which they balance with the interpretation and application of relevant law and regulation; and are viewed by us as being an integral part of our business and in particular, of our Land, Planning and Development team…..rather than simply being an adviser to the company. Moreover, they are proactive in providing support, and consistently recommend improvements to our business operations, policies and processes.

Roger Woolley and Mark Benham are exceptional lawyers. They have both worked with and have supported us for many years, and have consistently provided a superb service via robust legal advice, while appreciating the wider commercial interests of the business. They are both highly talented and experienced property lawyers, who come with a good sense of humour and an ability to get on well with everyone (at all levels within our organisation), and both (together with  their teams) are prepared to go the extra mile in order to help us achieve our business goals and targets.

‘Knowledgeable and very pro-active in providing solutions.

 Sian Rowland is always upbeat and helpful.  Nothing is too much trouble and she has a pragmatic and practical approach to ensure transactions are moved forward promptly.

I feel the strength of LA is their team work. There is a very strong cohesive team with a great “can do” attitude. Any problems can quickly be answered and often with think out of the box solution.

Roger Woolley’s outside the box thinking is like no other. His thinking is strategic not just on the deal or problem we are working on but for the company as a whole.

Great service and full advice.

 

Key clients

Excalibur Communications Group

McCarthy & Stone

Breeze Motor Group

Meggitt

Bargate Homes

Bloor Homes

Merck

Captiva Homes

Marina Developments

Care South

CHG Holdings

Meyrick Estate

Nested

Yorkshire Building Society t/a Norwich & Peterborough

Lloyds

Monzo Bank

Fonthill Care

Capture Housing

Langham Land

Lewis Investments

Fragrance Group

Shawbrook

Family Tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP has a strong reputation for advising on complex financial remedy cases, especially those which involve cross-border elements or require external expertise. Growing areas of work for the team include pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and children law work with an international dimension. Jane Porter heads up the family team, and has a strong track record handling matters which involve complex family companies and pension schemes. Other key team members are Rosemary Sharp and Joanne Clarke, both of whom combine experience in matrimonial finance and children law.

Practice head(s):

Jane Porter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Lester Aldridge are one of the few ‘go to’ firms for family work on the South Coast. Their professionalism and experience sets them apart.

Jane Porter is clearly highly experienced. She is prepared to fight her client’s corner but her questions are always relevant, thought-through and challenging in a way that may have a meaningful impact for her client.

Lester Aldridge have a strong financial remedies team based in Bournemouth. They provide an excellent service led by the marvellous Jane Porter. As a team they are quite capable of handling cases from the very modest to very high-net-worth cases.

Jane Porter is highly experienced in this area of law and has a stellar reputation. She is meticulous in her preparation and research and provides full-package care to her clients, many of whom feel very vulnerable. She will always go the extra mile for her clients.

Rosemary Sharp’s knowledge of the law and feel for the tactics of litigation place her well above her peers at other firms. Joanne Clarke is excellent at dealing with difficult cases and more challenging clients. Her no-nonsense attitude and ability to get to the crux of a case is much appreciated.

The team work together and are friendly, professional and efficient. They have a lot of empathy with clients and reassure them emotionally and practically by explaining the process. They are happy to bring in outside resources to help with more complex cases such as pension experts and actuaries.

Jane Porter has several strengths: she is highly professional, knowledgable, responsive, friendly and puts you at ease, articulate, clear and concise with excellent communication (written and verbal).

Health Tier 2

Specialising in care home-related work, Lester Aldridge LLP also advises charities, GPs and GP practices on a range of healthcare matters. The firm’s expertise includes due diligence, professional disciplinary matters and the regulation governing charities, as well as acquisitions and sales in the sector. Laura Guntrip leads the team and focuses on healthcare regulatory matters, safeguarding issues and criminal matters affecting care providers.

Practice head(s):

Laura Guntrip

Other key lawyers:

Paula Barnes; Susan Cowan; Peter Grose

Key clients

HC-One

Graham Care

Registered Nursing Homes Association

Hampshire Care Association

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Based in Southampton, Lester Aldridge LLP is known for advising insolvency practitioners on non-contentious matters, including the appointment of administrators, procedural applications to court, and transactions related to insolvency.  The team also frequently collaborates with the wider firm's real estate practice on insolvencies involving property. Practice head Nick Keitley works closely with many major insolvency practitioners, as well as advising boards of directors on restructurings and insolvencies. He is valued by clients for his 'sensible commercial approach'. Melia Hirst leads on many advisory and transactional matters, and also works with corporate and disputes colleagues on insolvency-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Nick Keitley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good technical knowledge. Work is turned around in short order. Large number of disciplines within the practice so able to call upon these, for example dealing with complex GDPR issues following the insolvency of a medical professional.’

‘Melia Hirst has very good technical knowledge.’

‘Nick Keitley is commercial.’

‘The team are particularly good at dealing with the more unusual aspects of insolvency law.’

‘Melia Hirst deserves particular mention. Not only is she on top of all aspects of the case, she is also a very pleasant person to work with.’

‘I would describe the team as knowledgeable, professional in their conduct, always providing insight and support both on technical and practical levels, willing to share ideas and solutions on complex and/or challenging issues. Whilst these strengths are not necessarily unique, as a package, I find them unrivalled in my geographical location.’

‘Nick Keitley is passionate about delivering first class guidance and support. Nick’s experience is evident throughout my dealings on various different case instructions. Melia Hirst shares Nick’s passion for delivering class leading advice and support, she too is regarded by me as a go to person if I need legal advice on case assignments.’

‘Nick Keitley is very good at explaining issues simply and takes a relaxed approach. Melia Hirst is easy to get on with.’

‘Nick Keitley knows his area extremely well, is very thoughtful, and has a sensible commercial approach.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

JWS Business Recovery

Leonard Curtis Recovery

Moore

Peter Hall Limited

Portland Business & Financial Solutions

Quantuma

RSM Restructuring and Advisory

Santander

Smith & Williamson

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP acts for a number of local and regional charities, focusing on providing specialist advice on the registration of new charities, governance and regulatory issues. A specialism of the team is in advising healthcare charities. Geoff Trobridge, who heads up the charities team, also has expertise in charity mergers and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Trobridge

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Jones

Testimonials

Geoff Trowbridge gave very detailed and knowledgable advice in his specialist area.’

Their charity specialist lawyer was by far the best that we met, so we decided to go with them. It was a very easy decision. We have had fabulous and faultless service from them.

Geoff Trowbridge gives an attentive, instant and very helpful service at all times. I can’t fault him.

Key clients

Autism Wessex

Hammersley Homes Limited

Macmillan Caring Locally

Dorchester Municipal Charities

Talbot Village Trust

Help and Care

Bournemouth & District Recreational Charity

Lymington Commununity Association

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The client base of the contentious trusts and probate practice at Lester Aldridge LLP includes high-net-worth individuals, families, executors and trustees, and charities, including individuals based abroad. Team head Victoria Jones has a niche practice focusing on elder financial abuse and financial fraud involving vulnerable adults. The team also advises on contested Court of Protection applications.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Jones

Professional negligence Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP's professional negligence team acts predominantly on the claimant side, representing clients in claims against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and surveyors, as well as drawing on the firm's wider expertise to handle cases involving marine surveyors. The department is led from Bournemouth by Kate Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Kate Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Michael Veal; Chris Evans

Testimonials

I think Chris Evans is very good: straightforward, wins clients over, experienced in the prof neg arena and fights hard to get the best outcome he can.’

Property litigation Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP specialises in acting for port and marina-based landlords, as well as telecoms providers in contentious site-related issues. Kate Stewart leads the practice and acts primarily in development work, particularly representing household developer clients in matters including contract disputes, the infringement of restrictive covenants and overage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kate Stewart

Key clients

Marina Developments Limited

Big Yellow Self Storage Company

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Lester Aldridge LLP is known for its specialisms in international estate matters and inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning advice. Other strengths include Court of Protection work and trust administration. Kurt Lee, Oliver Phipps and Richard Fairbairn jointly lead the private client team. Paula Shea departed for Blake Morgan LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Lee; Oliver Phipps; Richard Fairbairn

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

At Lester Aldridge LLPTim Blackwell leads on catastrophic injury litigation, with a focus on acquired and traumatic brain injury. T,he group also has experience in securing out of court settlements for injured parties, drawing on its expertise in mediation.

Practice head(s):

Tim Blackwell

Lester Aldridge is a full-service law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London. The firm’s core practice areas are real estate, litigation & recoveries, dispute resolution, corporate & commercial services and private client, which it delivers regionally, nationally and internationally.

The firm:

Lester Aldridge offers something to clients that other, larger firms do not: a genuine partnership. Client satisfaction is reflected in the growth it has experienced, seeing revenues increase steadily. Big name clients include Ceuta Holdings, Lloyds Bank, Marina Developments, Moore Stephens and Monzo Bank.

Lester Aldridge is a growing firm whose breadth of service continues to broaden. Formed following the merger of two large Bournemouth firms in 1988 (with origins tracing back to 1796); in 2007, it changed status from a traditional partnership to that of a limited liability partnership and is a “go to” firm, which has proved to be attractive to partners from other firms.

Lester Aldridge has been accredited with the Law Society’s Lexcel Quality Standard since 2007.

Types of work undertaken include:

Real estate: the firm’s extensive property team span sectors including commercial development, care, residential and lending, investment and retail, with expertise to handle a wide range of property issues, from development projects, management and investment, buying and selling properties, landlord and tenant issues, to planning, environment and construction. It also has expertise in the niche areas of ports and marinas, waterside developments and assisted living.

Dispute resolution: Lester Aldridge’s experienced team covers a broad range of general commercial litigation, as well as working for clients in specific industries, handling everything from emergency injunctions to mediation and high court litigation in areas as diverse as debt collection and multi-million cross-jurisdictional claims.

Corporate & Commercial: The team handles an array of corporate work for a diverse client base. Particularly noted for its M&A work, the team regularly advises clients on other company and commercial issues, including joint ventures, IT and IP licensing, competition law and restructurings. The team also acts for international, national and regional clients in many sectors, including charities and the third sector.

Litigation & Recoveries: Lester Aldridge’s team has a proven track record in providing effective advice to banks, building society, finance houses, leasing companies and insolvency practitioners. It specialises in the recovery of secured and unsecured commercial and personal finance, as well as asset recovery.

Marine: LA Marine is the specialist shipping and marine law team of Lester Aldridge, providing expert advice and practical solutions to the commercial shipping, logistics, superyacht and leisure marine industries. LA Marine deals with all aspects of maritime law, from non-contentious matters to collisions, charterparty issues, bill of lading disputes, demurrage claims and personal injury.

Healthcare: One of the leading areas of expertise at Lester Aldridge and one for which the firm has a national reputation. For over 20 years, members of the specialist healthcare team have been specialising in the regulation of health and social care services, regularly acting for independent social care providers, independent hospitals, NHS Trusts and GPs. The team also acts for children’s homes, schools and fostering agencies.

Employment: As one of the leading employment teams in the south, the team provides specialist advice on all areas of employment law, acting for international, national and major regional employers in all sectors. The team supports HR and senior management in dealing with a multitude of employment issues, from drafting service agreements, employment contracts, employment policies and handbooks, to advising on tribunal claims, redundancy programmes and TUPE-related matters.

Private client: The firm offers a full range of services for individuals, with specialists in wills and estates, tax planning and trusts, contentious probate, community care, residential conveyancing, family, employment, personal injury and medical negligence. The international private client team supports both professionals and private individuals across a range of global estate planning and administration matters, including a specialist medallion signature guarantee service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Roger Woolley
Managing Partner Matthew Barrow
Litigation and Recoveries Ann Lloyd
Charities and Social Enterprise Geoff Trobridge
Corporate and Commercial Grant Esterhuizen
Dispute Resolution and Property litigation Kate Stewart
Employment Kevin Barnett
Family Rosemary Sharp
Healthcare and Community Care Laura Guntrip
LA Marine Russell Kelly
Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Tim Blackwell
Real Estate Mark Benham, Suki Samra
Private Client Kurt Lee
Regulation & Business Crime Michael Veal
Restructuring & Insolvency Nick Keitley, Melia Hirst
Shipping & Logistics Linda Jacques
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Solicitors & associates : 56
Other fee earners : 107
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CLIENT: Private individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “I recently instructed Lester Aldridge to act on my behalf regarding a family dispute matter. The firm and in particular, Victoria Jones who personally handled my case, proved to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficient at all times. Because of Victoria’s skill I had a very successful outcome to my case and I have no hesitation in highly recommending her and Lester Aldridge.”


CLIENT: Private individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “That is the perfect response – timely, easy to understand, answers all my queries and with clear reasoning. It backs up my reasoning for saying how brilliant it is having you and the Lester Aldridge team by my side as support.”


CLIENT: Gary Day, McCarthy & Stone
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “I would not hesitate to recommend Mark and the property team at Lester Aldridge. Having advised McCarthy & Stone on several hundred development sites around the UK, I believe their track record is second to none.”


CLIENT: Private individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “It only remains to thank you and the whole team at Lester Aldridge for holding my hand and steering me through the unexpected twists and turns of this saga.  Your input, calm heads, empathy and grasp of the vast detail were very helpful, supportive and impressive for what has undoubtedly been an emotional journey for me.”


CLIENT: D. Wright
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “I can only say my experience with the team and mainly Victoria Jones, was excellent. There was never a time when following a telephone call, or letter from LA, that I didn’t feel so much better. I found the service efficient, advice factual and clear, but delivered with great empathy.”


CLIENT: Debbie Beere, Dbeere Yachts
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “Having known Louise Fuller in a professional capacity for over ten years, I can honestly say she always goes above and beyond with her work. The service Louise and Lester Aldridge provide us is second to none and I would always be confident to recommend their services to others.”


Diverse is who we are, inclusive means we are stronger together…

We recognise that our people are our biggest asset and continue to work hard to ensure that LA is a place where people can do their best work in a team that values who they are and their unique perspectives and contributions that they can bring irrespective of race, identity, gender, age, religion or experience.

Diversity and inclusion as a result forms an essential part of our culture and we are committed to fostering inclusivity throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership. We embrace and promote diversity and inclusion within our firm through raising awareness internally and participating in a variety of initiatives that also forms part of our three year Equality & Inclusion plan.

We value and encourage diversity with respect to each individual’s work style, career path and professional and life experiences. We continually strive to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from our differences.

Our commitment to diversity enables us to draw from a wealth of talent to recruit and retain the best lawyers and promoting all groups in the firm fairly, and we have invested in our processes to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance. An inclusive, forward-thinking culture also enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

In 2010, we became a signatory of The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Like The Law Society, we believe this commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to reflect the society we serve today. It makes business sense because it helps us to attract and retain the best talent, it enables us to understand and meet clients’ needs more effectively and so provide a better quality service.

Accordingly, we will:

  • Strive to achieve best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices as employers.
  • Support the development of good diversity practice by collecting and sharing examples of practical activities that contribute to progress with other signatories.
  • Assign responsibility for meeting our Charter commitments to a named, senior level individual.
  • Work together to develop and adopt future protocols that support the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter.
  • Annually publish the diversity profile of our UK employees and details of our work on equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Publish a joint annual report on the basis of a monitoring exercise to measure the impact of this Diversity and Inclusion Charter and its protocols. These reports will form the basis of regular dialogue with stakeholders, employees and clients.