Shoosmiths reflects on a successful 2016 CR programme

Shoosmiths reflects on a successful 2016 CR programme


Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths would like to thank all clients, suppliers, community partners and contacts for their continued support throughout 2016.

During the year the firm has helped more than 100 charities and community organisations through staff fundraising, volunteering or via various in-kind support activities including donating used equipment and hosting and speaking at events. It has also provided more than 1,000 hours of pro bono advice to individuals and organisations unable to afford to pay for legal advice.

Nicola Ellen, corporate responsibility consultant at Shoosmiths, explains: 'Our CR strategy promotes a productive and collaborative culture and encourages people to use their professional and personal skills to have a positive and meaningful impact in the communities where we operate. This is why CR has played such a big part in the success that Shoosmiths has experienced this year and will continue to do so.'

'Our CR programme includes supporting national and regional charities with nine local charity partners for 2016/2017 chosen by staff. These charities are recognised for tackling a number of challenges in society and our staff have chosen them because they want to try and make a difference.'

The Shoosmiths 2016/2017 local charity partners include:

  • Brain Tumour Trust
  • Guide Dogs
  • Milton Keynes Community Foundation
  • Motiv8 South
  • Northampton Hope Centre
  • Nottingham Women's Centre
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health
  • St Michael's Hospice
  • SIFA Fireside

This year has seen many charity fundraising activities across the Shoosmiths offices; recent highlights including:

  • Raising and donating £2,500 to each of the nine charities in the annual firm wide silent auction which concluded on 9 December.
  • Completing a Manchester office wide 'spinathon' raising £3,054 for Brain Tumour Research.
  • Winning the Robin Hood corporate challenge.
  • Raising enough funds to support two named puppies for Guide Dogs.
  • Halloween activities including the annual Boo!Smiths event in Nottingham.

Shoosmiths' investment of time and resources into delivering their CR programme is reflected in winning the 'Best Contribution by a UK Firm with an English Regional Head Office' at the 2016 LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in legal pro bono undertaken by organisations.

Shoosmiths will continue to dedicate time in 2017 to making a positive impact on individuals and the communities in which it operates and very much looks forward to working with clients and contacts to help ensure this happens.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Shoosmiths.