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All charities nominated to be our Charity of the Year must meet our Charity Criteria. A list of charities is drawn up internally and is reviewed to provide a short-list of three. These three charities are invited to participate in a "mini fair", to present directly to the firm. This is followed by a firm wide vote, and the Charity with a majority of votes becomes our Charity of the Year. The selection process takes place during the autumn months and the charity year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
We encourage everyone in the Firm to engage in fundraising and volunteering activities.
2015 - Bowel Cancer UK
2014 - Emmaus
2011/2012 - Winston's Wish
2010/2011 - Combat Stress
We have chosen Dementia UK as our Charity of the Year for 2016
Senior Partner and Chair of the CSR Committee, Christopher Page, said:
“We are delighted that Dementia UK will be at the center of our charitable fundraising for 2016. We hope that we will be able to make a difference to the charity’s positive work. We look forward to supporting the work of Dementia UK and hope that our contributions help the work they do by offering specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia through their world-class Admiral Nurses.”
We aim to work with our local and the wider community to support the community through our volunteering.
Our Volunteering policy enables our staff to contribute their time and skill to activities in the communities in which they live and work.
Everyone within the firm is entitled to 14 working hours per year to participate in volunteering initiatives. Different volunteering schemes are supported in communities across our offices.
Volunteers assist at St George the Martyr Primary School and St Albans Primary School. with reading programmes.
We deliver sessions for secondary School students at school events. These are designed to provide information for school students from Year 10 up to sixth form, about careers at law firms and in the City.
Our community work includes offering work experience to sixth form students from William Ellis School, City & Islington 6th Form College and St Saviours and St Olaves School through our participation in the Legal Social Mobility Partnership and as signatories of PRIME, which is the commitment by law firms to broadening access to the legal profession by providing fair access to high quality work experience. We maintain ongoing links with students who have taken part in our programmes and help them with university applications and interviews. In our Cheltenham office we also work with the Pathways to Law programme of the Sutton Trust
"What a lovely group of teenagers ... they were wonderful. All were involved and keen. It was a pleasure to meet them." Charles Russell Speechlys participant
"Incredibly valuable and enjoyable. A very memorable and comfortable experience." Student participant
We mentor sixth form students at City and Islington College as they prepare to enter the workplace
Volunteers work with Young Enterprise (insert link), a not-for-profit business and enterprise education charity with an aim "to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise." There are a range of business and education programmes for young people are offered throughout the UK. We support Young Enterprise in various ways through membership of the Central North London Area Board, sponsoring local events and trainees volunteering as business mentors to students participating in Young Enterprise programmes.
A number of lawyers are mentors for law students at the University of Law and BPP. Mentoring schemes match students who have limited access to the legal profession with mentors, taking into account practice areas and the student’s area of interest. Mentors can offer a valuable insight in to the legal practice, provide know-how to build networks, gain experience and self-confidence.
Life Matters is a project for our trainee solicitors who work in partnership with Blackfriars Settlement delivering entertaining and interactive presentations on legal topics to the Members of the Older People’s Services at the Settlement.
Crusoe Club – we support the visually impaired users on day trips and other befriending activities