We have a long history of involvement with the communities in which we live and work.
Our focus is on social mobility and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable in society through our charity partners and other local initiatives.
In recent years we have supported a number of high impact UK charities through our Charity of the Year partnerships: Blesma, Place2Be, Carers Trust, Dementia UK, Bowel Cancer UK, Emmaus UK, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Winston's Wish, and Combat Stress.
This year we are proud to announce the launch of the Charles Russell Speechlys Foundation. By working alongside the new Foundation, we will enhance the focus, coordination and impact of our charitable giving and fundraising initiatives across the Firm.
Please note that the Charles Russell Speechlys Foundation is unable to accept unsolicited applications from charitable organisations or individuals.
Volunteering is important part of life at the Firm and we encourage our staff to make the most of the volunteering opportunities offered to them. We recently increased our annual volunteering allowance from 14 to 21 hours for staff to lend their time and skills to support the NHS or COVID-19 related causes.
We believe that intervention and collaboration to improve social mobility needs to start early and that supporting young children and families can help unlock future talent and opportunity.
- Our school reading programme with St Alban’s CE Primary School in Holborn pairs volunteers with children to develop their confidence, communication and personal skills, and to provide them with strong adult role models.
- We support the St Alban’s CE Primary School annual “Work Week” programme – helping pupils discover a diverse world of work and to challenge career stereotypes around ethnicity and gender.
- Our 5 year Talent Pipeline Programme, CareerStart, is a combination of work experience and mentoring programmes for Year 12 State School students from under represented backgrounds. CareerStart aims to broaden access to the legal profession and the full range of careers available in the legal sector.
- We partner with the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP) to deliver a week long skills and insights programme. Our CareerStart students get the opportunity to experience a day at four different high profile organisations with the fifth day provided by a professional sports club delivering the SMBP Resilience day.
Local Community Partnerships
We value the longstanding relationships we have with our local charitable organisations. Our staff volunteers support:
- The Positive Ageing Group and The Crusoe Club for the blind and visually impaired at The Blackfriars Settlement, with initiatives including an annual Halloween quiz night, a “Crusoe” Christmas lunch at our London office, supporting the Crusoe members on day trips out and staff volunteering to cook and prepare Christmas lunches at the Settlement. Staff also volunteer via the charity’s telephone befriending service.
- The Churn – The Good Neighbour Project is a community-based project seeking to combat social isolation and improve wellbeing in Cirencester and neighbouring villages. Volunteers from our Cheltenham office provide support via a telephone befriending service and host an annual Afternoon Tea for elderly members in the community.