Field Seymour Parkes has always taken the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. 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 of our staff.
This Report highlights both wider Firm initiatives and activities in which individual members of staff were involved in the community in their spare time in 2010. In addition to the activities listed below, each year the Firm sets aside a specific sum for charitable giving with an emphasis on local charities.
This Year's Firm Initiatives
- Twelve members of staff took part in 'Movember' raising more than £8,500 for The Prostate Cancer Charity
- A team of staff took part in the Pangbourne Dragon Boat Race raising £395 for local charities
- Two teams of staff took part in the Reading half-marathon in aid of Family Resource UK (formerly the Children's Information Centre)
- The Firm participated in "Free Wills Fortnight" preparing simple Wills at no charge for clients wishing to donate to the Duchess of Kent House Charity
- The Firm took part in Genes for Jeans day
- The Firm continues to discount its fees for legal advice provided to charities
Individual Activities in 2010
- A number of members of staff act as school Governors
- 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 a career in the law
- Several members of staff sit on the Boards of charities, including Rotary Club of Caversham Trust Fund, Purley Park Trust and the Duncan Trust, Launchpad Reading, Family Resource UK, Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, Ways and Means Trust (t/a Greenshoots) and Headway
- A staff member is Secretary of Sonning Deanery Synod
- A member of staff sits on the fundraising committee for PALS, a charity for disabled children
- A member of staff and his wife joined with 11 other couples for Stanford Dingley 'Come Dancing' which raised £54k for the Jumbulance Trust in September
- Another staff member painted homes for the homeless with Launchpad Reading
- A staff member coaches an under-7s rugby team
- Staff help out at charity fund-raising sales and events
- A staff member raised £80 for Helen & Douglas House by holding a cake sale at the office
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)
- FSP actively supports students looking to enter the legal profession by running a programme of work experience placements and providing financial support to the Reading Mock Trial competition
- FSP is an active supporter of the Citizens Advice Bureau
- FSP is a founder member of the original Duty Solicitor scheme and Child Care panel
Our next report will be issued in late 2011.