HM Community

We take our responsibilities seriously

HM Community was created to help the firm achieve its strategic objectives and is central to ensuring our continued success. 

Award winning

The firm has always had a commitment to having a positive impact on all of our communities, as demonstrated when we lifted the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Scottish Business Awards 2015 - the biggest event of its kind ever held in Scotland, which was addressed by Hollywood star George Clooney

Our commitment and principles

In our work and behaviour, we strive to apply these important principles: 

  • To behave ethically;
  • To contribute positively to our economic and natural environment; and
  • To improve the quality of life for our three main stakeholder groups. 

We understand that, both collectively and individually, we should seek to have a positive influence on our three key stakeholder groups: 

  • Our own people;
  • The legal profession; and
  • The communities in which we, and our clients’, work. 

We encourage all staff to get involved in a range of HM Community initiatives in order that they increase their awareness and understanding, develop their own skills, and provide support to a range of charities and projects. 

We were recognised as one of Scotland's top flexible working employers to watch in 2021.

HM Community in action

Healthy workplace - creating an inclusive, healthy, safe and stimulating work environment

Health and wellbeing is central to the firm's culture.  Our health initiatives and 'Healthy Workplace’ campaign aim to increase health awareness, address any concerns, and improve the general health of our workforce as we adopt healthier choices in both our work and personal lives, and also pass on the benefits to family and friends.

We are committed to work life balance and have a range of flexible working opportunities, with many of our employees/Partners currently working flexible, part time or reduced hours, and working from home.  We offer a childcare vouchers scheme to help working parents to make a saving on childcare costs.  We also appreciate the difficulties of balancing studying with work and home life and offer paid study leave for those undertaking further or higher qualifications.

Law schools - enriching the skills of our profession

We encourage our lawyers to give something back to the profession, and many of our solicitors lecture at different universities throughout Scotland

Community initiatives & pro bono advice - citizenship is about more than words

We undertake initiatives in the community and use our skills and resources to support people in need and to improve access to justice, encouraging our people to involve themselves in community projects.  We provide a wide range of pro bono legal services to community and charitable organisations. A number of our people sit on the governing bodies of charitable and not-for-profit bodies, while all of our colleagues are given up to two CSR days per annum for charitable/voluntary work.

Nominated charities - striving to make a meaningful difference

We support a variety of charitable organisations, not only in terms of cash donations but also through donating time and ongoing support to support their projects. We review our charitable support regularly to create a list of nominated charities. We were also given the Payroll Giving Bronze Award 2015 for our succeeding in generating sustainable income sources for UK charities through Payroll Giving.

Natural Capital - sustainable use and responsible disposal of scarce resources.

Scotland's Natural Capital, our natural assets and the services and value that come from them, is at the heart of so much of the work we carry out at Harper Macleod. How we nurture, protect, manage and make use of our natural ecosystem is fundamental to the country having a healthy and sustainable economy.

Much of the work we do involves helping in the development of communities, the rural and marine economies, and making the most of our Natural Capital. Nature-based solutions to climate change – renewable energy, forestry planting, peatland restoration, changes in farming practices and much more – are among the efforts to better look after our Natural Capital.

We put Climate Change at the heart of our practice. In 2019, Scotland declared a global emergency and set some of the world's toughest climate change legislation, with a legal requirement to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2045. Our specialists throughout the firm advise organisations and businesses throughout Scotland and beyond on issues which affect and are affected by the need to make significant changes to the way we all do things.

Our environmental policy recognises our clear commitment to improving our business practices to make a positive impact on the environment.  Through an environmental scan and audit process, and working in partnership with our key stakeholder groups, we recognise, evaluate and adopt "best practice" methods to minimise the impact of our business on the environment.

External recognition for our efforts

Awards & accreditations

Accreditations

  • In 2013, Harper Macleod was recognised as Investors in People Bronze Level.  We have been IIP accredited for over 10 years. Only 8% of member organisations have reached this milestone.
  • The Payroll Giving Bronze Award 2015 from the Institute of Fundraising
  • Silver Level Award of the Scottish Government 'Healthy Working Lives' Award Programme (January 2010)
  • "Big Tick" in the Business Community Awards in the category of Healthy Workplace (June 2009 and reaccredited in June 2010)
  • Only legal firm in Scotland to be listed in The Managing Partner Forum Top 100 Professional Firms to Work For 2008

At Harper Macleod we have always been very proud of our community work. Giving something back has always been very important to everyone and we are glad to make a difference in our community.

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman, Harper Macleod

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