Making a difference

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a proud legacy of making a positive contribution to the communities in which our colleagues and clients live and work.

Throughout our history, our lawyers and colleagues have been dedicated to making a difference. From former partner Alfred Shepherd donating a sizeable donation to the Dundee Royal Infirmary in 1940 to current partner Malcolm Rust running the 2018 London Marathon to raise funds for Venture Scotland, there is a strong tradition of community and charity endeavour.

Corporate social responsibility is central to the way we do business because we truly believe it is the right thing to do. Our ultimate goal is to make a tangible, long-term contribution to the good causes and communities we live and work in and that are close to our hearts.

We actively encourage diversity in the legal profession through our founding membership of PRIME, raising money for a wide variety of charities and sharing our professional knowledge and experience with voluntary organisations. Our solicitors and partners are also committed to offering their services, pro bono, to a number of organisations – including LawWorks Scotland and Pilotlight – that provide the free legal advice and support to those who most need it.

In 2010, Shepherd and Wedderburn launched a volunteering initiative to encourage our colleagues to contribute to CSR-related activities by giving everybody in the firm the opportunity to spend up to five working days each year volunteering. We believe we can best serve our communities by empowering our colleagues to support the good causes that mean the most to them. Volunteering initiatives undertaken by our staff range from tending and planting the gardens at a care home to reviewing and drafting legal documents on behalf of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

As Shepherd and Wedderburn continues to grow, so too does our commitment to supporting our local communities and good causes the length and breadth of the country, and making a positive, lasting contribution to Scottish society.

Gillian Carty
Partner and Board Sponsor of the Shepherd and Wedderburn CSR Committee

Scotland in 2050: Realising Our Global Potential

Our lawyers are privileged to work with clients who are leaders in their industries and sectors, in Scotland, the UK and abroad. We are currently supporting businesses in more than 100 jurisdictions, advising on specific projects, helping them expand their overseas operations or supporting them in entering new markets.

Building on our unremitting focus on clients and the contribution they make to the economy, we have commissioned The University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute to undertake a major research project to help Scottish businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs best position themselves for the future. We have used fresh insights drawn from economic data and long-term global growth forecasts to inform a conversation with our clients and key industry contacts, which will help identify how they – and Scotland – can mitigate the challenges and seize the opportunities in the years ahead against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving global economy.

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