We think it’s important to be conscious of our social and environmental responsibilities.
As important as our commitment to practising law to the highest standard, we believe that we need to consider how running our business impacts on the local community, the environment and wider social communities in the purchasing chain. We also feel that it’s important to put something back by contributing our skills, knowledge and ideas into charitable projects.
Supporting our community and charities
We try to achieve this by working with charities that support local communities in which we operate. We also support other charities that our firm has a long-standing connection to. We actively encourage and support participation in a range of fundraising activities including sponsored bike-rides and quiz nights.
We support the work of:
When five year old Rosie Larkin lost her battle against cancer in 1991, her family and friends were determined to carry on the fight to help other children affected by cancer. Friends of Rosie is an independent charity dedicated to raising money for research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer. Everyone is a volunteer, which means that almost every penny raised is spent directly on the pump priming cancer research. Friends of Rosie are grateful for any money raised to help fund this vital area of research.
Henshaws provides expert care, advice and training to anyone affected by sight loss or visual impairment. Henshaws also work with people with other disabilities and because all of this affects family, friends and colleagues, they work with them too. Henshaws are based in the north of England, with centres and support for communities in Manchester, Merseyside, Harrogate, Knaresborough and Newcastle.
St Ann’s Hospice cares & helps around 3,000 patients (over the age of 16) and their families and carers every year who are affected by cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses. They deliver care that is special & unique to each person. Around 40% of inpatients at St Ann’s return home after treatment. St Ann’s provides care on 3 sites & in people’s own homes, working in partnership with acute hospitals, primary care trusts, community services and voluntary organisations. St Ann’s has to raise £16,000 every day to fund the highest quality care.
Helping Uganda Schools “HUGS” started in 1995 with the aim of helping to pay for the education of 15 children who lived in a very rural area of Uganda. With local support and enthusiasm of both villagers and parents HUGS decided to try to purchase land and build a primary school. St Zoe’s school opened in 2001. In 2007 HUGS were asked to help fund a school for children with learning disabilities and with the help of our donors, Good Shepherd School opened in 2009. In 2010 HUGS also opened a secondary school. HUGS raise money from personal donations and events. All funds raised goes to the schools and the children and others in the community who they are helping.
Slater Heelis are corporate sponsors of HOME. Formed by the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, HOME is a place for curiosity seekers, for lovers of the dramatics, the digital and the deeply engaging; for radicals and reciprocators. HOME features two theatre spaces which serve as a platform for playful, daring, new and commissioned work. Five screens light up with independent, challenging, provocative film. The gallery is home to the very best in contemporary art. HOME is for all. Its audiences are widely drawn from the local community, visitors, young people, and of course, the loyal followers of two founding organisations.
Quarantine was formed in 1998 by artists Simon Banham, Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea. Quarantine work with virtuosic performers and with people who have never done anything like this before – electricians, philosophers, families, soldiers, chefs, children, florists, opera singers and countless others. It’s an ongoing exercise in mass portraiture. Slater-Heelis are sponsoring Tenancy – a new project confronting questions about regeneration, urban development and their relation with capital. Quarantine will invite artists to take up tenancy in an apartment located in Manchester city centre. The artists will live and work in the apartment for a weekend, a week, a month or more, and are invited to explore a relationship with this specific location in the city and the people who inhabit it, and to leave something behind as a record of their stay.
Contact is where young people change their lives through the arts. Based in Manchester, Contact is a vibrant, professional, contemporary theatre and arts venue, with young people driving every aspect of its work. First established as a theatre in 1972, in 1999 Contact reinvented itself as a multi-disciplinary creative space specialising in producing work with, and providing opportunities for, young people aged 13 to 30. Today, Contact is recognised nationally and internationally as a game-changer in the field of youth leadership and creativity. Contact works with the young people of Greater Manchester and with local, national and international artists to create new models of arts engagement – fostering new talent, building skills and ambition – and creating important new productions that tour nationally. Contact is unique in its ethos of placing young people’s decision-making at the heart of everything. Young people work alongside staff in deciding the artistic programme, making staff appointments and act as full Board members. This model is seen as a national exemplar of best practice in relation to young people and diversity, influencing organisations nationwide.
We are corporate partners of the LGBT Foundation, a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. The Foundation provides a vast range of services and advice for those in the LGBT+ community. Some of our staff have taken part in the LGBT Foundation Pride in Practice Academy which provides an in-depth understanding of how to create safe, inclusive spaces for colleagues, clients and neighbours in the LGBT+ community. We also run a legal surgery through the Foundation.
Rugby League Cares is a charity that touches upon the lives of people involved at every level of the sport, from junior clubs to current and former players. The charity’s mission is to enhance and enrich people’s lives through the power and positive influence of Rugby League. They work hard to ensure the sport’s most important stakeholders, its playing community, get the most out of their involvement in the game, both during their careers and post-retirement. We have partnered with Rugby League Cares to be able to share our legal expertise with those in the sport, across our full range of services, from will writing and family matters to property and starting a business.
Ethical purchasing of goods and services
We try to make informed choices about our purchase of goods and services. Where possible, we consider the ethical policies of our suppliers alongside cost factors. We also encourage an environmentally-aware attitude to the firm’s consumption of goods and services.
Diversity and Inclusion
Slater Heelis employs people from the community as a whole and from a variety of academic backgrounds. We support equal opportunity in the workplace and it is important to us that everyone is treated as an individual and is entitled to work in an environment free from all forms of discrimination so that each member of staff can reach their full potential.
We encourage cooperation and teamwork and provide fair and ethical treatment of all employees regardless of race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or religious belief, age, disability or social background. This commitment is also true in the provision of services to our clients.
We are Corporate Partners of the LGBT Foundation and our staff are completing Pride in Practice training to ensure an inviting and inclusive environment for members of the LGBT+ community.
The firm is committed to developing and implementing best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion as employers; providers of legal services; purchasers of goods and services; and in their wider role in the community.
All employees and those acting on behalf of the firm are required to adhere to the firm’s equality and diversity policy which covers employees, clients and third party suppliers.
Although we recognise that we have more work to do, we are proud of the progress we have made over the last few years.
The firm has been a signatory of the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter since 2013 and is currently assisting the Law Society with their full review of the Charter, due to launch in 2021.
In undertaking any work for our clients there are various codes of conduct and responsibilities that fall upon us as solicitors.
One such responsibility and policy is the “Interest Policy” that pertains to interest payments that could be paid when funds are held in our client account on your behalf. For further information download the Interest Policy.