Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)

At Thomson Snell & Passmore we are committed to having a positive impact on our people, clients, the communities in which we work and the environment. Our strategy to achieving this goal is divided into three areas: environmental, social and governance.

Our ESG policy is a firm-wide commitment focusing on giving our time, knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others to maximise the impact of our ESG initiatives.


Improving our
environmental footprint

We have made a commitment to reduce our emissions

We have a number of measures in place to reduce our energy and carbon impacts to deliver efficiency, value and health for our business, our people and the wider community.

Our modern offices have energy saving devices including lighting. We also operate a paper lite office with recycling provided for a range of materials.

We support our people who want to improve their own environmental footprint through schemes such as Ride to Work; season ticket loans for public transport; bike racks and shower facilities; electric car charging on site and hybrid and remote working to reduce commuting.

Taking social responsibility seriously


Building strong and resilient communities

All our people are encouraged to engage with our local communities. Many people serve on the boards of various organisations, as governors of local schools and trustees of charities, or attend and advise at the Citizen Advice Bureau. Work placements are offered to undergraduate and A-Level students, giving them the opportunity to gain work experience within all disciplines of the legal sector.

We have been recognised by the Kent Dementia Action Alliance as officially ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’ with nearly 25% of our staff being Dementia Friends and frequently support local organisations and community based events near our office.


Championing charitable partners

We partner with an elected charity over a two-year period, with an active programme of events. All our people have the opportunity to get involved with raising funds, volunteering and helping to raise the profile of the charity while learning about the cause.

We offer an Employer-Supported Volunteering scheme that enables all our people to volunteer for up to fourteen hours a year as paid time off work.

Demelza is our current charity partner. Demelza delivers extraordinary care to extraordinary children who are facing serious or life-limiting conditions, throughout Kent, South East London and East Sussex.  As part of our fundraising efforts  our people have organised quiz nights, bake sales, undertaken marathons and sky diving and assisted Demelza with their fundraising events and provided operational support in their warehouse and on their premises.

We operate a Charity Trust Fund that enables us to make ad hoc donations to causes which are of particular importance to our people and our clients.


Supporting our people

At Thomson Snell & Passmore you will find a challenging, dynamic, inclusive and diverse work environment, supporting professional development for all and a good work-life balance.

A strong commitment to the wellbeing and mental health of our people is reflected in an active programme of Wellbeing activities which is supported by professional guidance, 6 Mental Health First Aiders, and a number of related staff benefits.

Our active Charities, Sports and Social committee arrange an extensive programme of events and initiatives to appeal to all our people. This includes an annual Christmas Party,  Summer party and Christmas Carol Concert to which families are invited; meals out; breakfast in the office, Jazz on the Pantiles and  clubs such as book club, lunchtime walking, running club and other sporting and hobby activities, Diversity & Inclusion discussion group.


Enhancing supply chain resilience and capacity

All new contracts for the firm are reviewed by our commercial team to ensure that they are robust and that all the correct policies where necessary are in place. If necessary, we send some suppliers due diligence questionnaire if this is not covered by the contract to ensure relevant clauses and confidentiality.

New suppliers are normally because of a recommendation to us, but we may also ask for references from existing clients, as an extra check and as appropriate conduct a tender process. All contracts are regularly reviewed and if necessary we are happy to terminate contracts if we are no longer happy with the supplier or the way they operate.


Ethical governance

We promote strong corporate governance practices through exemplary Management Board stewardship, management accountability and proactive risk management.

High ethical standards and leadership help promote a culture of integrity, with clear policies and procedures in place relating to risk management, anti-corruption and anti-bribery.

Our suppliers are selected solely on the basis of their suitability, and we take seriously any complaint of discrimination by or on behalf of a third party and act promptly to investigate.

We are Lexcel accredited and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.