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Responsible business

Responsible business

Our commitment to responsible business underpins all of our business activities.

This means that we are committed to:


We apply our legal expertise to deliver commercial and pragmatic solutions for our clients, to help them to achieve their goals, whilst providing our people with interesting and rewarding careers.
We do this through the provision of knowledgeable, thoughtful and innovative products and advisory services. Everything we do is underpinned by our core values. These include our commitment to conduct all of our business activities responsibly.

  • VWV Purpose Statement

The environment

Playing our part in the global effort to address climate change is important to us.

From recycling initiatives and the installation of solar panels, to considering environmental credentials in the choice of suppliers, we are committed to managing our environmental impact and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through a thorough action plan.

In February 2020, the VWV London office received the Platinum Clean City Award from the City of London, recognising our approach to responsible waste management.

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Our people

Our people are at the heart of our business. VWV aims to provide a healthy and safe working environment, as well as equal opportunities for all staff members:

  • We have a 'mental health at work' plan to promote wellbeing for everyone, which covers a range of initiatives to support staff with their mental health.
  • We view staff diversity as an important asset and monitor diversity every year.
  • We are committed to treating all of our staff equally, including monitoring and addressing the gender pay gap.
  • We support women experiencing menopause related symptoms in the workplace, and are committed to becoming a menopause friendly firm.
  • We achieved our Investors In People Bronze accreditation in 1996 and have maintained it since.

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The community

We play an active role in the local communities where we operate, not only in business but also in community life, and take our responsibilities towards the community seriously. We do this by:

  • supporting our Charity of the Year through various fundraising activities and volunteering. For example, in 2019, we raised £18,000 in support of The Prince's Trust's 'Future Steps' challenge
  • giving all staff an additional day of annual leave to volunteer with the charity of their choice
  • offering free, pro bono advice to eligible organisations

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Business conduct

VWV strives to achieve the highest standards of business conduct at all times. Our activities are highly regulated - we will always adhere to these requirements and aim to conduct all of our activities in line with legal sector standards.

VWV holds a number of service accreditations, including Lexcel - the UK Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for compliance and practice management - and is recognised by independent legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading firm in the UK.

In addition, VWV believes that human rights are an absolute and universal standard, and all staff are required to read, understand and comply with its anti-slavery and human trafficking policy.

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Stakeholders engagement

The views of our internal and external stakeholders are important to us, and are a key element to decision making. VWV is committed to transparency and welcomes feedback and dialogue about all of its activities.

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