We are committed to ethical working practices and to diversity in our workplace. We run an environmentally responsible business.
White & Black is a signatory to The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter. The Charter is a public commitment by providers of legal services, regardless of practice size, to develop and implement best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion – as employers, as providers of legal services, as purchasers of services and in their wider roles in society.
At White & Black, we strive to be a low emissions business. To this end, we are members of the Legal Sector Alliance, a group of law firms acting on climate change in conjunction with the Law Society and we are registered with the Carbon Trust.
Our central Oxford offices are heated using state of the art air source heat pumps, a listed building, our rooms are finished with carbon absorbent limestone plaster. We have a waste management policy in place and seek to recycle wherever possible. We have invested in Electric Vehicle Chargers within our offices for the use of our team and clients.
We believe that we should act responsibly and ethically in all our business dealings. We have developed an ethical purchasing policy as a means of enabling us to use suppliers who operate their businesses in an ethical and socially responsible way. Long-term suppliers to White & Black are expected to:
Comply with all applicable laws and regulations to which they are subject.
Communicate the requirement to comply with our Ethical Purchasing Policy to its own staff and suppliers.
Adhere to the core principles of our Ethical Purchasing Policy.
Monitor compliance with our Ethical Purchasing Policy or equivalent standards and adapt to ensure compliance within reasonable time-periods.
White & Black in the community
We support a number of local and national charities and have a special connection with Sense® the charity for deafblind children. Every member of our team is also encouraged to donate 1 working day per year to charitable or pro-bono activities at our expense.
We have supported Venturefest (an annual technology event sponsored by Oxfordshire County Council) through the provision of pro-bono legal advice. We have adopted a policy of paying a percentage of the payments we receive from our aged trade debts to charity. We also engage with schools and colleges to provide work experience opportunities for young people.
We believe in providing legal advice in plain English with a minimum of fuss and stuffiness. We put client service at the heart of everything we do.
White & Black internationally
White & Black is an international business: approximately 40% of our clients are based outside the UK. We are members of the UKTI Advisory Network and the International Bar Association and we are a sponsor of the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group. Members of our team are fluent in various languages including Burmese, Romanian, Spanish, German, Japanese and French.