Our vision

Corporate social responsibility

We believe that the strength of our business should be aligned to our social values.

For us, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is about understanding and managing the relationships between our business and the communities, the environments and the economies in which we operate. It is also about identifying and supporting the talents and enthusiasm of our staff. Our global CSR programme draws upon the commitment and the principles of our people to ensure maximum impact across our office locations.

Environmental/sustainability


We recognise that we have a responsibility to the environment that goes beyond strict legal and regulatory requirements. We are fully committed to reducing our environmental impact and we strive continually to improve our environmental performance as part of our business strategy. We wholeheartedly encourage our suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.

Charitable Giving


Withers is proud to operate Charity of The Year programmes in Europe, the US and Asia (coming soon). Our employees and partners nominate and then vote for the preferred charities which they would like us to partner with each year. The charities often have strong connections to our people and this ensures a high level of enthusiasm for the programmes in each location, helping us to achieve maximum impact for the chosen charities.

Pro Bono/Community Investment


Our aim is to ensure that pro bono initiatives are integral to the way in which we do business. Our programmes draw upon the many skills our lawyers and our legal staff have across our business, and work at improving access to justice and bettering social inclusion and education.

Withers Volunteers at Local Food Banks in California


JANUARY 2018: There's no better time to give back than the holiday season. To extend a helping hand at local food banks targeting hunger, Withers’ California offices volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on January 11th, the Marin Food Bank in San Francisco on December 20th, and Feeding San Diego on December 9th. During their time volunteering, the San Diego volunteers created extra bags in anticipation of needs following the California wildfires, the San Francisco volunteers bagged 9,100 lbs of apples and the Los Angeles volunteers packed enough food to ultimately provide 11,000 individual meals to those in need.

Pro bono success for the Center for Reproductive Rights


Our Public International Law Group has assisted the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on a pro bono basis in obtaining remarkable recommendations from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to decriminalise abortion in El Salvador. In El Salvador sexual violence against adolescent girls is a recognised problem, and one in every three of El Salvador's pregnant women is an adolescent girl. El Salvador, however, is one of the few jurisdictions in the world in which abortion is criminalised under any circumstances, even in case of rape. In 2018, the CRR conducted a review of El Salvador's compliance with its international human rights obligations under the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Withers assisted the CRR in preparing written submissions filed with the CRC highlighting El Salvador's breaches of its international human rights obligations under the Convention, including the violation of adolescent girls' right to life, health, education and the best interest of the child. On 11 October 2018, the CRC issued its Concluding Observations agreeing with Withers and the CRRs' written submissions. The CRC noted its deep concern about the extremely high rate of teenage pregnancies in El Salvador, and requested El Salvador to "[d]ecriminalise abortion and ensure access to safe abortion and post-abortion care services for adolescent girls, making sure that their views are always heard and given due consideration as a part of the decision-making process…" The Withers team was composed of partner Hussein Haeri, associates Camilla Gambarini and Simon Chadwick and paralegal Yousra Salem.

Withers Football Shirts in Nepal


MAY 2017: Tim Carpenter from our Hong Kong office travelled to India with his teammates from the Hong Kong Football Club. Whilst in India he and the team did some charity work with disadvantaged children and children who are both orphans and HIV positive. As part of the charity work he and the team donated large unused sport kit bags (full of shirts, boots etc.) to the children.

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon


APRIL 2017: Wendy Regan, a secretary in the charities team in London, valiantly ran the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of Little Havens Hospice. Wendy only started running in 2016 and completed more than 50 park runs during her training and two official half marathons. Her almighty efforts paid off and she raised in excess of £2,000 for Little Havens Hospice.

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services


FEBRUARY 2017: The New Haven office raised funds to support an employee and her team of participants in the 10th Annual Run for Refugees. IRIS is a non-sectarian, independent nonprofit refugee resettlement agency that has welcomed more than 5,000 refugees to Connecticut since its founding in 1982.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids


JANUARY 2017: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lifetime of service for others, members of the New Haven office created cheerful and encouraging cards for seriously ill children across the US. In a letter from the organization's founder, she said: 'Thank you so much for the beautiful cards. Hospitalized kids often feel scared, isolated, different; they also often miss out on simple joys of childhood, such as attending school regularly. Receiving a card helps by brightening their day, making them feel special and showing them they aren't forgotten.'

Monstrous moustaches for Movember


NOVEMBER 2016: Every year the charity Movember asks men to banish their vanity, discard the razor, wash their faces in Baby Bio and attempt to grow some frightening facial hair. The charity raises money for, and awareness of, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other men's health issues. Our Hong Kong based Family lawyer Tim Carpenter bravely took on the challenge in 2015 and raised HK$ 5,000.

48 hour wheelchair challenge


DECEMBER 2014: 48 hours is a long time in a wheelchair. But not if you are raising money for those who have to spend their entire lives in one. In December 2014, the firm's CSR championing partner Amber Melville-Brown spent 48 hours in a wheelchair in order to raise funds for, and awareness of, the firm's UK charity of the year the Back Up Trust, which helps people to rebuild their confidence and independence after a spinal cord injury. Amber raised a fantastic £3,600, which enabled Back Up to train 90 new wheelchair users.