Charity and Community
Rothera Sharp is dedicated to supporting local charities and organisations in the community. We have developed a longstanding relationship with Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire who we have 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.
Award Winning CSR!
As a result of ongoing collaboration with Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire we won the Partnership of the Year Award at the 2019 Nottingham Post Business Awards
Our Corporate Social Responsibility defines our values and commitment as a firm. We’re driven by the desire to have a positive impact on our 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
Each year we support the Midland Legal Support Trust by taking part in their legal walk in May to raise money for the trust 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.
At Christmas we sponsor the carol service held at St Marys Church in the Lace Market
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.
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.
We have also set up weekly running and walking clubs, giving staff the opportunity to socialise out of work and stay healthy.
Employee of the Month scheme
As of 2018 we introduced an Employee of the Month scheme to recognise staff members who have gone above and beyond their day-to-day role; exceed expectations by tackling issues to create a better working environment or positive outcome; and demonstrate 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.
We have introduced a Cycle to work scheme in which the firm contributes an amount towards the cost of a bike, as well as Tram to Work and Bus to Work schemes to encourage staff to use public transport to get to work.
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.
Our Green Committee, established in 2019 was created to encourage all staff to put forward suggestions for making our offices and our systems more efficient and the refurbishment of our offices ensures that our workspaces are more sustainable.
You can read more about our environmental initiatives by visiting our Sustainability page
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