Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion (CR&I).
Our award-winning approach to CR&I plays an integral role in fostering an inclusive culture. There are four members of the CR&I family; Pro Bono, Inclusion, Community & Environment and Wellbeing; each area is championed by two partners and a committee of employees.
Meet our Trainees
“The people at Weil are great at giving praise and acknowledging your efforts. We work really hard and we take on a lot, so it’s amazing that we’re appreciated for it.”
“It was important to me to go to a firm where I can get responsibility early on, even on my Vacation Scheme I was given real work to do. You are surrounded by the best.”
“I want to have a purpose in the most exciting deals and transactions, and Weil have created an environment where I can do just that.”
Giving legal advice where it matters most.
Our London Pro Bono Committee is dedicated to supporting the vulnerable. All our lawyers are expected to perform 50 hours of pro bono work per year, and we work with a number of law centres, leading charities, NGO’s and social enterprises, with a focus on access to justice and social finance. One of our proudest achievements was helping Micro Rainbow open the UK’s first ever safe-house for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers, giving them access to accommodation across the UK.
Inclusion is in our DNA.
To empower and bring together our employees, we have a number of networking groups and formal initiatives: Women@Weil, SocialMobility@Weil and The Black Attorney Affinity Group. We actively promote LGBTQ+ rights and equality within the workplace, and created WeilPride to nurture a better understanding of the unique issues facing LGBTQ+ communities. Our celebrated culture of respect and support is an integral contributor to the success of our firm and its people.
COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT
We need the world, but the world needs us, too.
Our approach to CR&I focuses on giving back to wider socio-economic communities and protecting the planet from man-made harm.
Community@Weil – We encourage our employees to volunteer for two days a year across a range of activities, including Charity Trustee & School Governor roles, supporting social entrepreneurs with commercial and business advice, and lending a hand to grass-roots community organisations such as food banks and homeless shelters.
Widening Entry into Law (WEIL) – provides support to around 350 state school students each year with the relevant experience to prepare them for whatever career they pursue.
Improving Lives & Raising Aspirations – is our five-year fundraising strategy to raise £500,000 for a group of small charities working to eradicate homelessness, reduce poverty and boost social mobility.
WeilGreen – The London office is ISO50001 accredited which is the highest global standard of environmental performance. We have eliminated single-use plastic, implemented LED lights and all our flowerbeds are tended to by Urban Bees, who encourage bee-friendly environments in the City. We even have a bee hotel on our roof terrace to encourage pollination.
Your physical and mental wellbeing is important.
We strive to make sure every single one of our employees has access to the mental health discussion groups, speakers and events we host. Creating a safe environment for people to express themselves is important, and it is at these groups where they can. We also provide on-site benefits including massages, physio, manicures, yoga and fresh fruit every morning.
Investing in our people.
It goes without saying.
We offer valuable support and guidance to everyone at Weil, whether you are an associate, or a Fast Track student. For trainees, we have a mentoring programme that makes sure you get all the advice and support you need from a Trainee Responsible Partner. Coaching is available for all employees to support them throughout the transitions of their career. And everyone has the chance to self-select another mentor – someone they like and trust, to speak to about their home and work life.