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In our inspirational conversation, Martin:
Summarises Bates Wells and its history, detailing its B Corp journey which led to it becoming the first law firm to be certified B Corp in the UK.
Explains its climate programme and solicitor apprentice scheme.
Highlights the significant pro bono work the firm did for Uber drivers, a case which was eventually heard in the Supreme Court.
Talks about how the firm has adapted to hybrid/remote working.
Expands on some of Bates Wells’ work, including how it successfully changed disability discrimination laws.
Observes how having a clear direction attracts potential employees and clients, and why trying to be 'all things to all people' isn’t a successful approach.
Shares his thoughts on adding purpose to the concept of the 'triple bottom line', the concept of 'purpose-washing' and the nature of purpose for Bates Wells.
Delves into the Better Business Act, which was drafted by Bates Wells, and the progress it’s making.
Describes how bringing specific people in to run parts of the business has been very effective, despite the costs involved.
Outlines the firm’s pricing model and stresses the importance of transparency with clients when it comes to costs.
Focuses on how helping people is part of the company’s culture.
Examines lessons learned along the way, including what happens when you try to change things too quickly – evolution, not revolution, is key.
Looks to the exciting times ahead and expresses the progress he’d like to see with the B Corp movement across other businesses.
Managing Partner at Bates Wells
1:18 – Our show’s sponsor, Magus Wealth.
2:00 – Who Bates Wells is and what it's about.
3:55 – The B Corp journey.
8:20 – Pro bono work for Uber drivers.
10:20 – Solicitor apprentice scheme.
11:45 – Adapting to hybrid/remote working.
13:20 – Founding principles and keeping on track.
24:28 – Not being ‘all things to all people’.
27:40 – The nature of purpose, its importance for businesses and the concept of 'purpose-washing'.
31:30 – The Better Business Act.
37:30 – Knowing when you’re on to something.
39:40 – Bringing in business specialists.
42:20 – Pricing models and cost transparency with clients.
45:05 – A passion for pro bono work.
48:10 – Learnings and mistakes along the way; 'evolution, not revolution.'
51:30 – Exciting times ahead.