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Corporate Social Responsibility

We are members of Business in the Community and our managing partner sits on the advisory board to Business in the Community Cymru. As members, we have been involved in outreach projects to schools and charities. We have sought to provide seminars and interactive workshops to disadvantaged communities where an appreciation of the role of lawyers and access to the law is less well understood than in the mainstream and we seek to provide work experience to students who wish to experience spending time in a legal practice before deciding on their future career. By these means it is our aim that more children will have an appreciation and anticipation of the possibility of a career in the law.

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We promote disability sports through our sports lawyers, Definitive. We represent disabled athletes in the management of their international careers, advising them on commercial deals. We have provided voluntary support to the Board of Disability Sports Wales for in excess of 10 years. We also support, by formal sponsorship arrangements, the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales and seek to encourage our staff to support and assist in the development of disability sports and able bodied sports in Wales. We provide pro bono legal advice and board membership to this committee, in addition to the sponsorship that we provide.

Our senior partner is the chair of the South Wales Police Youth Trust, a position which he has held since its inception over 10 years ago. By the commitment of this pro bono position Dolmans assists in seeking to raise charitable donations to advance a number of initiatives aligned to the South Wales Police strategy of promoting diversity and cultural development. The key initiative of the charity is to divert children and young people from criminal activity by the distribution of charitable grants to disadvantaged groups who are supported by members of South Wales Police in their application for funding for projects. We have also supported by sponsorship the South Wales Police Awards Event for over 10 years where recognition is provided to officers and staff for devotion to duty and excellence in performance.

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We seek to encourage and provide flexible working practices where possible to ensure that our staff have the opportunity to contribute to their communities as well as ensuring that they can take account of appropriate child care arrangements. Our consultant sits as a member of the board of a Cardiff charity which is involved in care for the elderly and staff members have participated in a local authority initiative to improve the literacy of primary school children.

We provide ongoing support to individual and group participation in charitable events by our staff, in addition to holding regular charitable monthly events. We have hosted the Macmillan coffee morning on several occasions and in recent years our charitable events have included participation in the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, walking the length of the Taff Trail from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff Bay and the Cardiff 10K.

In terms of our environmental impact on the local community we seek to ensure that we adhere to a policy of recycling products wherever possible and have environmental policies in place to ensure that our staff understand their responsibilities in this regard and that they ensure that as much of our consumption of products as possible is recycled so as to reduce our carbon footprint. We have invested extensively over an extended period of time in a bespoke document and case management system in pursuit of our objective to provide paperless delivery of legal services, where possible.

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