Building better connections

Community is central to our people-first culture. By nurturing relationships with those who share our ambitions and values, together we can drive sustainable change.

We empower all colleagues to support the charities and causes that are close to them, recognising that passions are often individual. Our approach enables TLT to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate, building resilience and helping to level the playing field.

We give individuals the opportunity and encouragement to generate change, whether that’s through participating in diversity events, fundraising for charity, volunteering or becoming actively involved in opening the legal industry to people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Volunteering and pro bono

We provide up to five paid volunteering days per year, enabling people to work with charities and causes that mean something to them.  

We have strategic partnerships with several organisations who serve to improve our local communities and their spaces. Recent volunteering projects include:

  • Litter picking, clearing pathways and overgrown areas at Brandon Hill Park.

  • Laying pathways, repairing wildlife ponds, and building benches at Bothwell Community Garden.

  • Buddying with schoolchildren in Bristol to boost their reading confidence. Painting, gardening, and doing some carpentry at a charity garden centre, where plants are grown and sold by adults with learning disabilities.

  • Sharing career experience and routes into law with schoolchildren.

Colleagues in legal roles can also engage with pro bono activities, supporting those who would not otherwise have access to justice. We are active members of The Chancery Lane Project, helping to draft and promote the use of freely available climate-aligned contract clauses.

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Charity activity

We offer three ways for our colleagues to support charity financially:

  • engaging with the work of our location-specific charity committees
  • matched funding
  • charitable giving.

Each year, our charity committees are responsible for organising the fundraising activities for their respective charities – each chosen by our colleagues and aligned with an annual theme. This year's theme is 'Social Mobility' - meet this year's charities and keep an eye on our LinkedIn to see more of our fundraising activities.

“I have used TLT’s volunteering policy for the last 16 years to volunteer for the Back Up Trust, which is a small national charity that supports people with a spinal injury. The experience I have gained through volunteering as a Group Leader on Back Up courses has been incredibly beneficial to my own personal development and work. I have improved my communication skills, become more motivated, confident and self-aware.”

Andrew Griffin, Head of Operations (Managed Legal Services)     

Andrew Griffin

Social impact and community partnerships

We have a responsibility to help develop the communities in which we operate, and we work closely with community partners to encourage a new generation of diverse talent and eliminate barriers to the legal sector. As well as our own initiatives, offering a range of pathways into the legal sector, we have a long-standing relationship with Bristol-based charity Ablaze. Working to tackle inequality for young people, Ablaze offers career mentorship, employability support and helps to boost key skills. Recently, TLT people have acted as reading buddies and helped students to develop practical life skills through mentoring sessions and workshops.

 

“Since starting my apprenticeship, I’ve had the opportunity to gain administrative skills, whilst at the same time strengthening my knowledge and understanding of the legal world. Having the opportunity to work with different teams is great, and I’ve been able to build lots of professional relationships in a short space of time. The support has been incredible and I’m excited to see how much I will learn throughout the scheme.”

Matilda Odidi, Legal Solicitor Apprentice     

Matilda Odidi 

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