Speechly Bircham is proud to have been chosen as the winner of the Professional Services category at the 2014 Peer Awards. The Peer Awards, sponsored by the Independent newspaper, is an awards scheme that recognises businesses which have consistently demonstrated high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility and employee engagement. Award winners are chosen on the impact, innovation and inspiration of an organisation's nominated project and other winners this year include British Gas, RBS, British Airways and the Royal College of Practitioners.
Speechly Bircham's nominated project was Life Matters which provides support to the elderly group at Blackfriars Settlement in London. The project is organised and delivered by Speechly Bircham trainees and has been running since 2008. Education is generally seen as the dominion of the young, however, the elderly can also benefit from re-skilling to help them cope with later life stages. Through the Life Matters project we provide the elderly group with legal information to improve their understanding of core life stage events, such as how to approach writing a will, or lasting powers of attorney. The topics covered are often challenging and so our trainees present them in a light-hearted and informative manner, using skits, characters and role plays. Our trainees benefit in turn by having the opportunity to develop their presentation and communication skills.
This is the second time that Speechly Bircham has won a Peer Award. In 2012, the firm won the Education for the Community category for its work in creating and running the i in online charitable initiative, which aims to educate primary and secondary aged school children, their teachers and parents on the practical and legal issues associated with management and mismanagement of personal data online and in particular on social networking sites.
Robert Bond, partner in charge of firm's CSR programme, commented: "We are delighted at the recognition that this gives our trainees for their work on Life Matters. They bring a lot of energy and innovation to their presentations and this is reflected in the fact that they are always fully subscribed."