A law firm that prides itself on its social purpose has released a report it claims demonstrates the substance of its commitment to society.
Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) commissioned consultancy firm, The Connectives, to produce its first Social Impact Report, published yesterday.
“We are committed to improving lives, communities and society but, until today, people have had to take our word for it,” said Peter Hubbard, a senior partner at the law firm. “Now, we have independent assurance that helps quantify the positive social value we contribute each year and the real-life impact of our work
“One of the key findings from this process was that culturally, many of our staff do not realise the extent their contributions have on the wellbeing of others,” Hubbard added. “By releasing our first Social Impact Report, we wanted to shine a light on the often-extraordinary results their efforts bring both locally and nationally.”
According to the report, in 2017/18 91% of its work related to directly improving lives, communities and society. Highlights include its role in establishing and registering 120 new charities. It also advised UK housing associations on how to access £1.2 billion of additional funding to build 12,240 homes – providing 28,000 people with a place to live.
The report also highlights the work of its health and social care team, which represented Care England in its intervention on sleep-in care shifts. Taking the case to the Court of Appeal, the firm helped overturn a £400 million back-pay bill allegedly owed to care workers deemed to be underpaid for overnight shifts.
The firm claims that by relinquishing providers from the “responsibility of paying the substantial arrears”, the law firm protected over two-thirds from entering bankruptcy. A motion that would, it says, have spelled disaster for the sector and jeopardised the care of 1.2 million people in the UK.