We aim to make corporate social responsibility a part of what we do every day for a living. In addition, the partners and staff at Hickman & Rose support a range of groups in the wider community, reflecting our commitment to social justice and equality.
Ben Rose founded Grit (formerly Youth at Risk) in 1989, a charity dedicated to helping young people who face desperately difficult challenges to transform their lives. Its supporters and advisors include Lord Justice Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Graham van't Hoff, Executive Vice President of Shell Chemicals. It has worked with tens of thousands of young people with outstanding results, in the UK and in challenging environments such as Kosovo and Nigeria.
Ben Rose and Daniel Machover jointly founded Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights in 1988 and Daniel Machover has undertaken significant amounts of pro bono work for Palestinian clients. Daniel is a Director and chair of the Board of Trustees of INQUEST, the charity which supports those whose relatives have died at the hands of the state and is a board member of Legal Action Worldwide, a non-profit network providing legal assistance to individuals and communities who have suffered from human rights violations and abuses in fragile and conflict-affected areas
We take an active role in professional associations with a focus on ensuring access to justice and the rule of law. Jane Hickman was one of the founders of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association, which works to improve law and procedure for those who suffer miscarriages of justice. She served as its secretary for 10 years and is still on its Committee. Peter Csemiczky is the current Secretary of the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA) which recently challenged the government’s planned criminal legal aid reform and aims to ensure a viable future for criminal legal aid and access to justice, and Jenny Wiltshire previously served as its Vice President between 2016 and 2017.
We value the individual contribution many of our staff at all levels of the firm make in the community, including volunteering their time to local charities, offering pro bono advice through law centres and directly to community and protest groups.
We have been a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion charter for a number of years and committed to implementing and promoting the standard throughout the firm. In addition we have an internal equality and diversity subcommittee made up of a staff member from every role and department within the firm who focus on discussing key issues and implementing new initiatives. Aileen Colhoun and Jenny Wiltshire, are two of the founding members of Women in Criminal Law which aims to connect women working in the criminal justice process from all branches of the profession and to support their careers by breaking down barriers to success. Aileen Colhoun has been the secretary of Women in Criminal Law from May 2018 to date.
As of 3 June 2016 we became an Accredited UK living wage employer. This means we are committed to ensuring that all our employees and contracted staff are paid at least the Living Wage. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently by the Living Wage Foundation and updated annually in November. It is calculated according to the basis cost of living in the UK and is separate from the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. Our lowest rates of pay were considerably higher than the Living Wage but it has offered us a route to interact with our suppliers on an important issue.
As part of our commitment towards a more diverse legal profession we offer mentoring and work experience to students who have overcome significant hurdles to reach this stage of their careers and who have no ready-made networks within the legal world. We currently support Leaders Unlocked where staff of Hickman & Rose work directly with young adults from under-represented groups to gain experience in the legal sector. We welcome direct links with local schools and we enjoy speaking about the work that we do to school and college groups who are interested in a career in law. We recently provided a half-day introduction to the profession which included skills workshops and talks for students in the local community through Leaders Unlocked.