National legal services group achieves B-Corp status

Ampa Holdings LLP has become the largest legal and professional services group to be named a certified B-Corporation.

Organisations with certified B-Corporation status are legally required to consider the impact of business decisions on their people, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment, ensuring a balance between purpose, people and profit.

The group does not provide legal services directly, instead it provides the infrastructure and backing to enable the growth of its brands including Shakespeare Martineau, Lime Solicitors, Marrons, Mayo Wynne Baxter, CSS Assure and Corclaim. It employs more than 1,300 people over 18 hubs across the UK, including London.

Helen Hay, group head of culture and sustainability at Ampa, said: “We’re really proud to have achieved our highest score for how we treat our people, including our approach to pay and reward, our wellbeing initiatives and benefits and embedding professional development support and opportunities across the group of brands.”

In 2022 the group increased racial diversity at an equity stakeholder level by more than 3 per cent, against a target of 2 per cent, supported more than 400 young people through a variety of career development events, and significantly reduced its paper use.

Sarah Walker-Smith, CEO of Ampa and Shakespeare Martineau, commented: “We believe you can be both purposeful and profitable, so our B-Corporation values are embedded within our commercial growth strategy and fully supported from the top-down. We also take great pride in helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals.”

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