The company evidences its commitment to Corporate and Social Responsibility in the following areas:-
1. Commitment to taking on all clients
2. Pro bono work
3. Charitable work
4. Environmental programme
Commitment to clients
Although Duncan Lewis is obviously committed to remaining financially viable, it does not “cherry pick” clients on the basis of the likely fee that the company will receive.
Duncan Lewis is committed to the principle of taking on every single client who qualifies for public funding, regardless of the value of the potential value of the client to the company.
Pro Bono Work
The pro bono committee selects cases which have merit, but do not qualify for public funding and/or where the client cannot afford to pay privately.
Duncan Lewis employees also provide many hundreds of hours of free legal advice at advice centres and surgery sessions throughout London. In addition the Company provides support to other community organisations which provide legal help advice.
Duncan Lewis has recently formalised its charitable work through the
establishment of a Charity Committee. The Committee has a budget
to make a donation each month to charity directly from the Company.
However, more importantly, the Charity Committee organises events for the company to participate in and also helps to coordinate the charitable efforts of individuals to ensure that their charitable efforts are promoted and supported throughout the Company.
The Company is committed to trying to reduce its carbon footprint where at all possible. A number of initiatives have been or are being introduced in order to address the Company’s energy and paper usage. These include: computer shutdown, double sided photocopying and printing, and emailing correspondence.