Charities We Support
As a firm we made the decision back in 2015 to predominantly concentrate on supporting two charities with whom we have managed to establish firm links and bonds through donating time, financial support and resources. We elected to support one local and one small national charity to reflect the firm's various clients and interests and to allow us to best use our expertise and the talent and resources of the firm. We support our chosen charities with fundraising events throughout the year, with colleagues engaging in voluntary work with the charities and through our employability project mentoring scheme in relation to Coram’s Fields.
Our chosen charities are:
- Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
- Coram's Fields
Further information in relation to each charity is set out below.
As a firm we also take part in various other activities throughout the year including supporting the following:
- London Legal Walk
- Macmillan Coffee Morning
- Bake Offs for Breast Cancer Now, Macmillan, Comic Relief and various other charities
- Wear It Pink
- Wrap Up London (donating coats for the homeless and disadvantaged)
- Comic Relief
- Salvation Army Christmas Gift Appeal
Individual employees also take part in their own sponsored events and races and support charities in their own time. Examples of charities recently supported are Disability Snowsports UK, Special Olympics GB, The Lullaby Trust, the London Legal Support Trust, Macmillan, Breast Cancer UK, The Gorilla Organization, Movember, Cancer Research, Decembeard for Bowel Cancer, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and The Uphill Ski Club.
Many of our junior fee earners also volunteer in their own time for local legal support and advice clinics, all on a pro bono basis.
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust was established by Dame Ellen MacArthur in January 2003 and works with every young people primary cancer care unit in the UK.
The charity works nationally and provides young people between the ages and 8 to 24 who are in recovery from cancer, the opportunity to take part in a fantastic sailing experience. The majority of the participants, many of whom are sailing for the first time have finished treatment and are in the process of putting their lives back together.
They are usually recruited via their treatment hospitals and can continue sailing with the Trust until the age of 24.
Alongside sailing, having fun and meeting new friends, the primary aim of the charity is to restore the confidence of these young people by giving them something to focus on and excel at. The services provided by the charity make a very real difference to the lives of those young people.
We provide support for the Trust through donations, as trustees and by our staff taking part in sponsored events such as the Great South Run. A number of our employees have volunteered for the Trust in the past, including volunteering at “taster days”, information sessions for the young people and even for sailing weekends away and we hope that this can continue.
Coram's Fields is a local charity situated at the top of Lamb's Conduit Street near Holborn.
Coram's Fields is not only a unique playground and park which serves children and young people living in and visiting London but it also provides support and ongoing facilities and assistance for children and young adults from babies up to age 20 through their youth programmes and employability projects. They have a nursery, a toddler drop in centre, an after school club, a playground suitable for those with disabilities, a small farm, a “growing” area to help children learn about nature and state of the art sports facilities.
Coram's Fields is particularly popular with children and the families of those attending nearby Great Ormond Street Hospital and they aim to provide help and support for the more disadvantaged areas of inner London.
Our colleagues have also been involved with Coram’s Fields since 2016 with their employability project, a scheme matching mentors at the firm with mentees from Coram’s Fields who are seeking guidance as to a career in law. This has been an immensely rewarding project for all involved and many of the pairings continue their relationship long after the first year and as the student / mentee progresses into the professional world.
Most recently, since 2021, the firm have built upon this partnership by becoming a founding member of the Coram’s Fields “Connecting Futures” programme, a new scheme designed to assist organisations in contributing to the future of children and young people in central London. The scheme aims to help young people access new opportunities and building the skills that they need to take charge of and shape a brighter future for themselves. Our team are involved in volunteering and activities across Coram’s Fields, including expanding the mentoring project and becoming involved in volunteering at sports and community events.
Previously the firm have chosen to support different charities each year to be the focus of our donations and fundraising efforts. The charities that we have previously supported are as follows:
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome
Macmillan Cancer Support
Fishing for Heroes
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity
Mark Evison Foundation