As our chief executive Simon Boss and our chairman Peter Duff commented in the foreword ‘Our vision is to be the leading national law firm famous for its client experience.
This is underpinned by our Corporate Responsibility aspiration to be the leading national law firm famous for its positive contribution to society. Our approach to responsible business has continued to form an integral part of our three year business planning cycle, and as part of a strategic review undertaken during 2018 the partnership has also determined the importance of defining its purpose which in setting out Shoosmiths’ raison d’être is based on enabling our people and clients to flourish.
Looking to 2018/2019 we have an ambitious growth strategy to take a larger share of the UK legal market and we have chosen to build our practice organically through carefully planned expansion of our teams and services across locations, in response to client demand. Our approach is one of improving both efficiency and the client experience through innovative solutions.
To deliver this we also remain committed to responsible business practices, addressing the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), collaborating with others and reporting against our progress and plans. This includes publication of our annual Communication on Progress (COP) as a member of the United Nations Global Compact.
The bedrock for Shoosmiths’ success continues to be our people, culture and values which drive a collegiate approach to supporting clients and the delivery of our wider societal aspirations. We encourage everyone to play their collective part in order to deliver our marketplace, workplace, environment and community objectives and targets.
During the last reporting period highlights included being awarded Gold status in the Law Society 2017 Diversity Charter Biennial Report, becoming re-accredited to Investors in People Gold status for the third consecutive time, being the first UK law firm to publish its gender pay gap data, becoming a member of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development and enabling 36% of our staff to work in an agile manner.
Our division and directorate heads recognise the leadership role they play in ensuring the Global Compact and its principles are considered across the firm as part of our strategy and that they are sufficiently embedded in our culture and our operational planning, controls and procedures such that we can demonstrate and report on progress.
This statement is accessible through the United Nations Global Compact website, the Shoosmiths website and is communicated to our key stakeholders including partners and staff, clients and our local communities.’
To read the full report please view:
Shoosmiths LLP 2019 UN Global Compact