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Field Seymour Parkes (the firm) takes CSR very seriously, giving it a key status within the firm’s overall ethos. Responsibility for the firm’s CSR activities lies with the CSR Partner, Jacqueline McDermott and in her absence the CSR Associate, Philippa Roles. Separately on environmental matters, responsibility lies with the Environmental Partner, Joe Lott.
Every year we report twice yearly 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, clients and contacts.
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.
When reading this report, please keep in mind that it only covers a six month period. The firm has a strong CSR ethos and producing one annual report was too lengthy a task. The CSR year is therefore split into two parts and each is reported on separately.
1. Pro bono legal work
2. Pro bono mentoring / support
The firm encourages its 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. We are exploring ways (in conjunction with the education group) to expand the work we do in this area
The firm is looking at proposals to work in partnership with local organisations to provide guidance to innovative start-up / early growth businesses in the Thames Valley area alongside the firm’s business start-ups group (which has already produced a detailed start-up guide to help with this process).
3. Charity/community involvement supported by FSP
Members of staff have been involved in the following fundraising events:
Donations have also been made to the following charities/fundraising events in the last six months:-
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:
In most cases the trustee positions taken on by our staff are active roles requiring considerable effort and time commitment (for example as chairperson or treasurer).
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 and another coaching the under 7’s football team.
One member of staff plays in a band providing music for charity events in the Reading, Newbury, Aldermaston and Basingstoke areas, whilst another rescues and walks stray dogs at weekends.
In addition the Firm continues to be involved in the following:
Our next report will be issued in March 2013, but in the meantime we have designed a dedicated CSR web page to profile the firm’s activities on an ongoing basis and this should be launched alongside the firm’s new website later this year.