Corporate social responsibility report

1st October 2010 to 30 September 2011


1 London Street,

+44 (0)118 951 6200


Philippa Roles

Philippa Roles

Field Seymour Parkes (the firm) takes CSR very seriously, giving it a key status within the firm’s overall ethos. Every year we report both internally and externally on activities undertaken by the firm and its staff.  

Despite the difficult economic times we are delighted that our activities continue to be well-supported and we remain indebted to the dedication and generosity of our staff.

This Report highlights both firm initiatives and activities that individual members of staff have been involved in. In addition to these activities, the Firm sets aside a specific sum each year for charitable giving to both local and national charities.  

1.    Pro bono legal work

The firm is advising and assisting the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (“TVB LEP”) with its partnership incorporation. The TVB LEP brings together key players representing education, employment and skills, corporate enterprise, Local Authorities and the community sector to create and enact a plan to deliver economic prosperity to Berkshire.

2.    Pro bono mentoring / support

The firm encourages Staff to give annual presentations at the University of Reading on working in the legal profession and two staff members are mentors for the College of Law helping students with their CVs and applications as well as giving general advice and insight on legal careers.

The firm is exploring proposals to work in partnership with local organisations to provide guidance to innovative start-up / early growth businesses.

3.    Charity/community involvement supported by FSP

3.1    Fundraising

  • On 18 March 2011 the firm supported Comic Relief and raised £130.
  • On 20 March 2011 four teams took part in the Reading ½ Marathon corporate relay challenge and raised £1,697.43 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf people.
  • On 30 March 2011, the firm encouraged staff to join in with “Wear a Hat for Halow” day. The event raised £45.30 for Halow which is a charity based in Guildford supporting young people aged 16 – 35 with learning difficulties / special needs.
  • In July 2011, a staff member baked cakes for sale firm wide to raise money for two local hospices (Helen House and Douglas House) and raised £117.00.
  • A member of staff undertook a 250 mile cycle ride from Sandhurst to Redruth and raised £1,500 for Halow.
  • A member of staff member undertook a 65 mile night ride and raised £1,000 for Mind.

3.2    Trusteeships

Several staff members sit on charity boards and/or are trustees. The firm allows staff reasonable time off to fulfil their obligations and will consider any other related requests for support. The charities/not-for-profit organisations that have benefitted include:

  • Rotary Club of Caversham Trust Fund;
  • Purley Park Trust;
  • Duncan Trust;
  • Launchpad Reading;
  • Family Resource UK;
  • Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation;
  • Ways and Means Trust (t/a as Greenshoots);
  • Headway; and
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

In addition to the above, a member of staff sits on the fundraising committee for PALS (a charity for disabled children).

Some staff members have also taken on school governor roles, with one taking on the responsibility of treasurer for their local pre-school.

In addition the Firm continues to be involved in the following:

  • A number of our trainee solicitors are on the Board of the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire District)
  • The firm actively supports students looking to enter the legal profession by running a programme of work experience placements.
  • The firm supported the Pangbourne Rotary Club dragon boat race by paying £400 to enter a team.

Our next report will be issued in October 2012, but in the meantime we hope to establish a dedicated CSR web page to profile the firm’s activities on an ongoing basis.