Our Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR policy defines our values and commitment as a firm towards having a positive effect on the local community and environment as well as improving the quality of life of our workforce, and covers the following areas:
- Charity and community
- Staff health and wellbeing
- Equality and diversity
Charity and community
Rothera Sharp is dedicated to supporting local charities and organisations in the community. Our chosen charity is Age UK Notts who we have also partnered with for their Trees of Life campaign. This campaign aims to get individuals and businesses sponsoring and planting trees across Nottinghamshire, not only to help raise vital funds for the charity but also to improve and enhance the local environment. You can find out more about the Trees of Life campaign here: https://rotherasharp.co.uk/about-us/age-uk-trees-of-life/
As a result of our support on the Trees of Life campaign we were nominated as a finalist for the Social Commitment category at the East Midlands Enterprising Women Awards: https://rotherasharp.co.uk/rothera-sharp-social-commitment-award/
We are also delighted to have been chosen as a finalist at the Nottingham Post Business Awards 2018: https://rotherasharp.co.uk/rothera-sharp-business-awards/
We also support a number of sports clubs including West Bridgford Rugby Club and every Christmas we sponsor the carol service held at St Marys Church in the Lace Market, providing sherry and mince pies to the local community. Later this year we are looking at completing a 5K fun run as a firm and taking part in the relay race as part of the Robin Hood Marathon in September.
We also hold annual Macmillan coffee mornings and in February we supported the Midland Legal Support Trust’s (MLST) Great Legal Bake by asking staff members to bring in homemade cakes and bakes and donate money, with the funds raised being split between MLST and the Personal Support Unit who help clients who don’t qualify for legal aid or don’t have the financial means to instruct a solicitor.
We hold dress down days every Friday for our staff, with a suggested donation of £1 from each member of staff which is given to our chosen charity.
Salaam Shalom Food Kitchen
A number of our solicitors are involved in the Salaam Shalom Food Kitchen on Wednesday evenings at the Bridge Centre in Hyson Green. The project was established to tackle poverty and social isolation and attracts between 30-80 people each week who come to eat and socialise in a warm and friendly environment.
As a firm we encourage and support staff participating in events for charity and offer matched donations of up to £250. Previously we have supported colleagues who have taken part in the Robin Hood Marathon to raise money for Notts County FC Football in the Community and Time to Run, raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
Advice centres and legal clinics
Many of our solicitors and fee earners are involved in weekly legal advice clinics, providing free legal advice to members of the public in local communities. We work with the following organisations to provide legal clinics:
- Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- Derbyshire Carers Association
- Cotgrave Advice Centre
- Radcliffe-on-Trent Advice Centre
A number of our Wills and Probate partners have also given talks offering legal advice to the Alzheimer’s Society and local care homes.
Our Wills, Probate and Trusts department work with a variety of local organisations to offer free wills to the public including Cancer Research UK, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Nottinghamshire Hospice and Nottingham Women’s Centre and we take part in Will Aid every November.
Staff health and wellbeing
We recognise that our staff are our most important asset, and as a result we offer a flexible working hours policy to ensure staff have a good work-life balance.
Employee of the Month scheme
As of 2018 we introduced this scheme to recognise staff members who have gone above and beyond their day-to-day role; exceeding expectations by tackling issues to create a better working environment or positive outcome; and demonstrating behaviours that have a positive impact on the firm, colleagues and/or clients. The month’s top performer is rewarded with £50 of vouchers of their choosing.
Cycle to work scheme
We are currently in the process of introducing a cycle to work scheme which is due to come into effect in 2018.
Equality and diversity
Rothera Sharp is very mindful of all of its obligations relating to equality and diversity and has an ethos running throughout the firm which encompasses all aspects of this concept. This not only covers its responsibility to staff (and those who apply for positions with us) but also to clients and non-clients alike.
We undertake internal surveys annually amongst our staff regarding their characteristics and the results of the latest survey are available here.
We are constantly taking steps to reduce the impact that our company has on the environment, and our developing CSR policy is particularly aware of the need to recycle wherever possible. We encourage all our staff to photocopy and print double sided where they can and email documents where possible rather than posting them. We switch off lights at the end of the day and use lower energy light bulbs. In terms of recycling we encourage staff to re-use stationery and waste paper as scrap and provide separate bins for general waste and recyclable items. We will be reviewing our environmental policy on a regular basis.