Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019

Building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients is essential. We have continued to support our clients and the development of their teams through client learning programmes. By running facilitated workshops, debriefing on projects and making use of the London office’s Innovation Hub, we have assisted clients on various business-critical matters: leadership, creating high- performing teams, and how to embrace, and not merely survive, the more volatile business climate. Leading the adoption of best practice approaches In 2016 we were one of the first City law firms to move to the new continuing competence process for continuing professional development (CPD). After extensive consultation, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) replaced the requirement for individual solicitors to undertake 16 hours of CPD activity with a continuing competence process. All practising lawyers in England and Wales are expected to take responsibility to ensure their legal knowledge is up to date. However, we went further, with our L&D team implementing the new continuing competence process, which guarantees our lawyers are equipped with the knowledge they need to comply with the new SRA requirements. This standard sets a high benchmark, and ensures our lawyers remain at the cutting edge of knowledge and expertise in our profession. Our L&D team provided volunteering assistance in our creative workshop activity sessions, supporting adult carers through our community outreach projects, in partnership with Create; and in one of our firm’s fundraising initiatives in support of The Royal British Legion. Our qualified coaches have delivered 30 hours of free coaching to the management team of a domestic violence charity in London, and have mentored LGBT+ university students considering their professional career options. There has also been a focus on skills development for charitable organisations. One in particular – the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity – has benefited from public-speaking training, which they greatly appreciated. 2018 L&D highlights and awards Our award-winning MANAGERS programme received accolades for its measurable commercial impact on our business, professional development of managerial staff and collaboration with senior business leaders. We were shortlisted at the national Legal Education & Training Group Awards in the Best Legal Programme category and at the Law Society Excellence Awards. The L&D programmes were recognised for their focus on making the journey from trainee to newly qualified a seamless one. Our L&D director for EMEA, Alicia Millar, was shortlisted for Inspirational Woman of the Year at the Powerwomen Awards . Collaboration with our clients Learning and development in the community