Our roots are in the South West and go back as far as 1898. We`re proud of our heritage but like any fast-growing business we`ve also changed. Since 2000 we`ve more than doubled in size and turnover. Our expansion has seen us described as the most ambitious of the next generation of national firms. We`re not led by any particular service, we`re just client led: a strategic resolve which has paid off handsomely in our emerging reputation in sectors such as real estate and construction, retail, sport, as well as wealth management for high-net-worth individuals. Clarke Willmott has invested heavily in building expertise in existing practice areas, which is fuelled by its sector approach, including: real estate & construction, retail, international, sport, agriculture, renewable energy and private client.
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Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with 500 lawyers and support staff (including over 85 partners) working from offices in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. The firm was established in the South West in 1888 and we are proud of our strong heritage.
Recognising that our clients prefer working with lawyers who understand the climate in which they operate and how their business actually works day-to-day, we decided a number of years ago, to adopt a sector-led approach. The success of such a strategy can be evidenced by our reputation in a number of key industry areas. These include our 100-strong Real Estate and Construction group, nationally-renowned 40-strong Social Housing group, and specialist Retail group – as well as leading teams advising on Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Sport and Private Client.
Understanding the importance of providing commercial advice, in 2012 we launched the Clarke Willmott School of Management, designed to develop the business skills of our lawyers. We have Investors in People accreditation in recognition of our training and development programmes and, as a signatory to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, are firmly committed to a framework for positive action across all strands of diversity.
We are focussed on client service - we invest time in developing strong relationships with our clients in order to add value and achieve positive results. We have been awarded The Law Society's Lexcel quality mark in recognition of our compliance and client care standards.
Working closely with the local communities in which we operate is important to Clarke Willmott LLP. Our active Corporate Social Responsibility policy encourages our staff to give something back through volunteering, fundraising and pro-bono work. As a member of the Legal Sector Alliance, we are also strongly committed to reducing our carbon footprint through investing in greener ways to do business.
At Clarke Willmott we consider there to be three significant elements to acting responsibly as a business. Namely how we act towards our people, how we treat the environment and how we impact upon and interact with our local community and the wider world. All three strands are, of course, interrelated and overall our policies in these three areas form the core of our corporate responsibility policy.
As a professional practice our people are at the very core of our business. It is crucial to the overall wellbeing of our business that our people are treated fairly, with respect and are given the opportunity to nurture and develop their skills.
As well as looking after our people in the present, we recognise we have a responsibility to future generations to operate our business in a way which minimises our impact on the environment. We have worked hard to reduce our energy consumption per capita and to operate in a much 'greener' and more sustainable way. We are fortunate to have a very passionate green champion amongst our partners and he has devoted considerable energy to our green agenda.
The third strand of our CR policy recognises how fortunate we are at Clarke Willmott and aims to give something back to the communities in which we work. Our people continuously contribute to resourceful and generous initiatives to raise money for charity ranging from running through the Sahara, entering marathons and 'ironman' events, baking cakes, charity quizzes and race nights. As well as money, our people generously give their time to work with the community, with activities ranging from talks to local schools, reading buddies for primary schools, mentoring of teenagers and acting as school governors.
We encourage all of our people to get involved in various community and charitable initiatives. To this end we promote our 'Community Day' whereby every person who works at Clarke Willmott is encouraged to take a day out on full pay to assist in a community or charity project – particularly relating to our chosen charities.