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We take CSR very seriously, giving it a key status within our overall ethos. Responsibility for CSR activities lies with the CSR Partner, Philippa Roles. Separately on environmental matters, responsibility lies with the Environmental Partner, Joe Lott.
To reinforce this ethos and to ensure that our staff, clients and contacts are kept informed about the full extent of our involvement with CSR projects, every year we report on activities undertaken by the firm and its staff. We continue to be delighted that our activities are well supported and we remain indebted to the dedication and generosity of our staff, clients and contacts.
The 2013/14 CSR year has been quite a busy one, as is hopefully illustrated by the list of activities set out below.
Pro bono legal work
Volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Reading.
Pro bono mentoring / support
We encourage staff to give presentations at the University of Reading on working in the legal profession. In addition two members of staff 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.
One of our partners is a mentor for the Real Estate Education Foundation and a number of our staff are supporters of and provide mentoring assistance through Adviza.
We continue to explore ways to work in partnership with local organisations to provide guidance to innovative start-up / early growth businesses in the Thames Valley.
We run a twice yearly charity leaders’ forum which charity representatives are invited to attend to receive free legal updates and to openly discuss (and hopefully find answers to) problems of current importance to them.
Charity/community involvement supported by FSP
Staff have been involved in the following fundraising events:
The firm has made donations to the following charities:
We have also sponsored the Reading Santa Charity Run which is held in aid of local charities, primarily Alexander Devine and The Duchess of Kent Hospice; and we purchased a table for the Style Acre Spring Ball.
Several staff members sit on charity boards and/or are trustees. We allow staff reasonable time off to fulfil their obligations and will consider any other related requests for support. The 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) and one of our partners is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
Governors / school involvement
Some staff members have taken on school governor roles at places such as the Salesian College in Farnborough and The Avenue Special Needs Academy. Many of our staff with children of school age are active on their local parent teacher associations.
One member of staff is a volunteer sailing instructor and another volunteers as a football coach for an under 8’s team.
The fundraising/charitable activities that our staff gets involved with is wide and varied. Below are some examples of activities undertaken in the last year that do not fall within the categories set out above:
In addition we continue to be involved in the following:
Our next report will be issued in April 2015 (we will be resuming reporting on a 6 monthly basis) but there is a dedicated CSR page on our web page which is updated regularly.