For some law firms a pro-bono programme means sending their staff to work in a soup kitchen or pull bicycles out of the canal once a year. We believe this is not the best way for us to use our talents and contribute to our community. We prefer long-term sustainable projects that make a difference to our local community.
We undertake at least one project annually on a pro-bono basis for local charities and community groups. We recently assisted a primary school in south London with the formation of a new school company under the Education Act 2002. This charitable company runs after school clubs and play-schemes and has been the catalyst to becoming an extended community school.
We assisted a parent promoter's foundation in Lambeth to launch a new school for local children. We helped them navigate the education legislation and advised on their constitution and governance arrangements. We have assisted promoters of the first free schools on a pro-bono basis until funding could be secured.
If you have a community project that needs legal input and you would like us to consider acting on a pro-bono basis, please contact us.
Supporting Our Local Community
We believe in supporting our local community, and improving the life chances of students to pursue employment opportunities with us. We also take 2 students from the Don Bosco college in Bermondsey on NVQ work experience programmes every year. We are delighted that several of these students have successfully completed their studies and stayed on with us in administrative or support roles.
In addition, two of our solicitors play a key role as voluntary school governors for local schools.
Since the inception of the company we have banked with the Co-Operative Bank and we continue to the support the aims and values of the Co-Operative Bank. Wherever possible we will try to source office consumables from fair trade suppliers (e.g. tea, coffee and other beverages).
We are committed to minimising any adverse impact of our activities on the environment and encourage others to do the same. We encourage the recycling of all waste where possible, and we provide suitable facilities on our premises, both in the general office areas and in the staff kitchen. We ensure the following are reused and/or recycled:
- Electronic equipment
- Ink cartridges
- Drink cans and food tins (aluminum and steel)
- Plastic bottles and containers including plastic bags
- Glass bottles and jars
We recognise that there is a good deal of travel involved in the work which we do for clients. We therefore support the use, wherever practicable, of public transport for any attendance at external meetings.