Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
Corporate Social Responsibility: the commitment by this business to behave ethically and to contribute to the economic development of the community while improving the quality of life of our workforce, their families as well as society at large.
We are committed to our CSR policy:
Our approach to the practice of law is to ensure we deliver to our clients a service that is consistent with the highest professional and ethical standards. First class service and legal expertise are but two parts of the CSR policy jigsaw.
Through our CSR Policy we promote internally and externally:
- The workplace
- Environmental initiatives
We aim to turn these beliefs into action and to integrate our social and environmental concerns into our day to day operations and our dealings with our clients and the wider community.
At Doyle Clayton we want our staff to have fulfilling and happy lives outside of the workplace by not imposing unreasonable work demands.
Mutual trust and respect
Mutual trust and respect is a key facet of the way we work and of employment law. We recognise the importance of maintaining mutual trust and confidence and respect and that a failure to do so creates tensions at work which demotivates staff and makes the business less effective.
We believe it is important to value colleagues and their different perspectives. We recognise that employees at all levels in our organisation have something to contribute to our business and in our team colleagues are encouraged to and do express their opinions and share their views.
Innovation and learning
We believe Continuing Professional Development is one of the main building blocks of a solicitor’s career progression. Innovative thinking when it comes to learning means we deliver CPD that helps our solicitors grow in confidence, not only to take personal responsibility for the advice they give and to take ownership of the cases they are dealing with, but also to embrace the challenge of business development.
In-house legal training is provided by our Professional Support Lawyer and our other lawyers. In addition, we often engage the services of the best employment law QCs and barristers in London to deliver lectures on specific areas of interest. Our system of supervision also encourages learning and development.
We have adopted a proactive approach to teaching solicitors how best to go pursue business development opportunities, with in-house training and external mentoring just two of the initiatives we have introduced.
We also partner with The Access Project (TAP), a social mobility charity which makes a real difference to GSCE and A Level students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TAP works with students at non-selective state schools with high numbers of students on Free School Meals, receiving Pupil Premium funding or with low levels of progression to top universities. Lawyers at the firm volunteer their time over the course of the academic year to tutor students on an individual basis and help them obtain better grades, gain admission to the top universities and ultimately have much improved career choices.
We believe that it is our responsibility to protect the environment and continually reduce our carbon footprint. As part of this we aim to:
- Improve our environmental performance and integrate recognised environmental management best practice into our business operations
- Reduce our consumption of resources and improve the efficient use of those resources
- Reduce waste generated by our business operations
- Re-use and recycle
- Set and monitor key objectives and targets for managing our environmental performance at least annually with a view to continuous improvement
- Communicate our environmental policy and performance internally and externally, and encourage feedback
- Discuss the importance of environmental and climate change issues with our staff and clients
- Work with our staff, stakeholders and suppliers to promote improved environmental performance and initiatives
- Review our environmental policy regularly
Support Through Court
Doyle Clayton has joined the Guardians network of the charity, Support Through Court. This is a charity supporting people who face court alone so that they can represent themselves to the best of their abilities. We provide financial assistance to the Guardians network so that Support Through Court’s volunteers can provide practical, procedural and emotional support in many areas of Civil and Family court processes.