Impact Report 2021

the story so far, extraordinary times, amazing people

I couldn’t be more proud of everyone at Bates Wells and the way that they have continued to make a huge difference over the last year. Particular highlights for me are the rulings on the Uber and Kids Company cases, our continued efforts on the environment, and our work to improve diversity and representation here at Bates Wells while also supporting those organisations that are actively working to address racism and discrimination in the UK. For the coming year, I want to see us build on all of this to shape policy and work with others to push for the wider changes needed to address social and racial inequality and the environmental crisis.

Despite the challenging nature of 2020, I am glad that we can share so much positive news about the work that we continue to do with our clients, people and partners to create purpose and impact. Our values as a firm shine through, even in the middle of these extraordinary times. The way that our people have reacted to the last year shows that we can not only deal with challenges in a positive way, but we can do this and continue to make a difference using law as a force for good.

This report aims to put down a marker to show what we have done, what this has meant, and how we want to build on our achievements. We will continue with this work and, if by reading and engaging with this, others are influenced to join us, we are one step closer to our aim of creating positive social and environmental change.

This report is organised in three sections: Community; Environment; and People. The information that we have included reflects those areas of our work that our people say have had the most impact over the year ending 31 March 2021.

Martin Bunch

Managing Partner
Background

Highlights

Challengers of Uber

2.8m people in the gig-economy positively affected by the ruling that Uber drivers should be classed as workers

Better Business Act
700+

companies are calling for all UK businesses to be required to consider their impact on wider society and the environment

“The way that our people have reacted to the last year shows that we can not only deal with challenges in a positive way, but we can do this and continue to make a difference using law as a force for good.” Martin Bunch, Managing Partner

Kids Company

Ruling renews charity trustee confidence

Our B Corp score increases 10 points to

116.5
Our people can now sign up to a sustainable pension
Net Zero

We’ve been carbon net zero from 2019.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We’ve set up RISE to focus on allyship and antiracism

We’re working with the Sutton Trust to encourage social mobility

Practical Toolkit for Women in Law

launched in partnership with the Law Society

100%

Female SMT

43/57

Management Board gender split

Mean gender pay gap down 0.65%