How We Help Others
We understand the importance of responsibility within our community. We are mindful of our unique position in society and our ability to help the environment and each other. As a firm, it is important that we engage in, and are considerate of, the wider concerns of society, beyond our day to day working environment. We have a number of initiatives within the firm which promote the ethos of helping others, which not only assist the wider community but also develop the individual members of our firm and make the firm a more positive and vibrant place to work.
In order to achieve our objectives we:
- Recognise that we have a diverse range of skills within the firm which can be put to use outside of the working environment and we actively support our employees in donating their time to these initiatives
- Actively support a number of charities, both local and national, through the donation of both time and financial support
- Support the local community, both within Lincoln's Inn and within the wider area
- Are mindful of the effect of our actions on the environment and have implemented policies to keep any adverse effect to a minimum.
We have an active and enthusiastic committee of volunteers who promote our charitable, pro bono/ volunteering and environmental objectives which we are proud to say includes employees from across the firm including both fee earners and support staff. The committee aims to share ideas, to encourage participation in the firm's charitable endeavours and to create a general ethos of helping others.
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
Pro Bono & Volunteering
The firm actively support employees who wish to contribute their time and expertise to charitable organisations and establishments, both through the firm and in the communities where they live. Most of our external corporate responsibility projects are sourced and maintained through the initiative of individual employees. We don't shout about it, but quietly many people fundraise, volunteer and try to improve the lives of those in need.
Examples of some of the initiatives that our employees are or have been involved in are as follows.
A number of our fee earners remain involved with the College of Law and BPP providing mentoring for the current students looking at embarking on a career in the law. Mentoring is often targeted towards those students from less advantaged backgrounds and provides them with both a valuable insight into the legal profession and information and support in relation to applications for training contracts and interview preparation.
We encourage employees to take up positions of responsibility within the community and to take part in a whole range of charitable activities, including holding positions as trustees to charitable foundations or institutions and as school governors in their local community.
Legal Advice Clinics
Many members of the firm have given their time to provide free advice through organisations such as the Citizen's Advice Bureau, the BPP Pro Bono Family Clinic and various legal advice centres.
London 2012 - Olympics and Paralympics - a proud reflection
As London, Great Britain and, indeed, the world got behind the athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, our employees were not only getting wrapped up in the excitement of the proceedings but several also played their own part in making the Games a success.
Whilst as a firm we were delighted to sponsor a number of Team GB's Olympic sailors we had other employees who were individually determined to get involved and, as a firm, we were and still are, proud that Payne Hicks Beach staff at the London 2012 Games numbered two Games Makers at the Paralympics, a Ceremonies Performer at both the Opening and Closing Events, and an Olympic torchbearer. They all used their annual leave to volunteer and support the Games.
Richard Butcher (a former and partner and consultant), attended the Opening Ceremony as well as a number of events and gave his own personal experience of the Games reliving the excitement of that incredible, golden summer!
Our torchbearer became something of a local celebrity when she attended a number of events in her area allowing people to hold the iconic torch and was invited to a "Sport Achievement of the Year" award ceremony.
We, as a firm, are immensely proud of all our employees who were involved in London 2012 and then went on to apply to volunteer at future Olympics Games, Commonwealth Games as well as volunteering to support other projects within the UK.
Environmental & Green Initiatives
We recognise the importance of keeping the adverse effects of our business on the environment to a minimum.
The focus of our environmental policy is to measure, manage and reduce the environmental impact of our activities and we are committed to educating and encouraging our employees to prioritise environmental issues and to consider the effects of their activities.
In order to achieve this objective we have implemented the following practices:
- To encourage employees to minimise printing and reduce our dependence on paper
- To conserve energy through efficient use, purchasing choices and power saving systems. Simple routines have been tightened to ensure heaters, computers and lights are switched off overnight and at weekends
- To reduce consumption and encourage the recycling / reuse of material where possible and to promote the recently introduced recycling facilities at Lincoln's Inn
- To seek out suppliers who offer environmentally friendly alternatives or who operate environmentally friendly policies
- To encourage the use of public transport and cycle use by offering season ticket loans and introducing the Cycle to Work scheme for employees
- To encourage employees to recycle Christmas cards by providing a facility to do so
- To donate and reuse our old computers where possible
- To work together with Lincoln's Inn to improve sustainability and reduce the environmental footprint of the offices and the Inn as a whole.