HFW is committed to being a responsible business, one that considers, as part of our everyday work, the needs of our colleagues, our communities and our environment as well as the impacts of our actions. We recognise the importance of this to our employees, future employees, regulators and clients and we want to work with suppliers who also have a commitment to act responsibly.
We launched our first firmwide
charity partnership in 2017 with violence reduction charity Fight
- since then HFW colleagues have climbed the 24 peaks, abseiled, run and
taken part in a boxing class to raise funds.
Individual offices take part in
a range of activities including fundraising, pro bono and volunteering for
charities working within their local communities.
All Trainees play an active
role in pro bono work and our community investment activities.
We are committed to reducing
our environmental impact particularly through the use of technology such
as video conferencing and we have recently installed LED lights in our
We have started collecting
environmental data from our offices so that we can measure our global
In London, we have achieved the
Building mutually advantageous
relationships based on trust between us and our clients is at the core of
HFW’s business. In order to understand what concerns clients most, we
regularly review and appraise our performance through client feedback.
and anti-money laundering policies are in place, and all employees
undertake training in these areas.
We have an anti-modern slavery
and human trafficking statement.
We want to work with suppliers
who also believe Corporate Responsibility is important. We often ask our
suppliers to support our corporate responsibility campaigns, for example
when celebrating Pride our London catering supplier decorated our cafe
with rainbow bunting and sold rainbow cupcakes.
Our Management Board has signed
our Global Diversity Statement to demonstrate their commitment to
Diversity and Inclusion.
We have Diversity and Inclusion
Champions (at Partner level or equivalent) in each of our offices.
We are signatories of the Law
Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter.
We have identified five
diversity focus areas (gender equality, ethnicity, mental wellbeing, LGBT+
and social mobility) and are undertaking actions to address each one in
collaboration with our employee networks. You can find out more about all
of our achievements in these areas here.
We partner with Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation committed to
increasing diversity in the legal profession. We are very proud to have
won the Aspiring Solicitors All Star Firm: Improvement in Diversity and
Inclusion 2018 award.
We have partnered with Rare to
integrate their Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) into our graduate
recruitment process. The CRS enables us to further understand the context
in which applicants’ experiences have been gained. This helps us to open
access to the legal profession, and recruit the very best people from a
range of diverse backgrounds.
We are signatories of PRIME, the legal profession's
commitment to work experience for school-age students from disadvantaged
backgrounds and signatories of City
Solicitors Horizons, a pilot social mobility initiative to improve access
to the legal profession for university students from disadvantaged
We were listed in the Top 50
Social Mobility Employer index in 2017 and 2018.
We are a UK and global
Stonewall Diversity Champion and feature in the Stonewall Starting Out Guide.
Representatives from our
Proud@HFW employee network attended the 2018 London Pride Parade. The
network also ran a campaign to raise awareness of LGBT+ equality in the
lead up to the parade.
We have run mental health
awareness training for over 100 of our partners, we recognise mental
health awareness week annually with a global campaign and we have
committed to match the number of physical first aiders with mental health