Volunteering & Pro-Bono
Through our partnership with the Thornhill School Foundation, our staff volunteer and run a five week enrichment program at the local Thornhill Primary School. The program takes the form of work-related community participation as well as personal, social and emotional development. As part of this, 15 school children are brought to our office to engage with and better understand the law. We also sponsor the school’s charity events, including fundraising for a new library.
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SFE is a national organisation that provides expert training and best practice updates for its 1600 plus members (who are solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives) to ensure older and vulnerable people are properly advised and looked after. SFE also speak to the press on behalf of their members about proposed developments which will adversely affect older people. We give a lot of time to this organisation with one of our partners having volunteered as Chairman of the Board and a another partner currently serving as a Regional Director for London.
Our Managing Partner, Louise Dawson, sits on the Board of Directors for Angel.London, an organisation that runs the Business Improvement District in the Angel. Their mission is to make Angel a place that attracts business, encourages inward investment and delivers economic growth by focusing on four priorities – SAFER, CLEANER, BRIGHTER and STRONGER.
Both organisations provide interview wear and essential skills for unemployed people hoping to find work. We have supported them by donating suitable clothing to help people back into work.
Chance UK provide intervention and support to children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. As part of this members of staff have volunteered as mentors, providing positive role modelling and experiences to the children helped by this brilliant charity.
Islington Giving provides support to Islington residents by shining a light on poverty within the community which can sometimes appear hidden, as well as addressing wider inequalities and harnessing the resources to tackle them. We are proud partners of Islington Giving in all their endeavours and we are happy to provide support to them through pro-bono legal work.
Muscular Distrophy UK is the country’s leading charity when it comes to raising awareness and conducting groundbreaking new research into the condition. In their ongoing pursuit to cure muscular dystrophy and find treatments for it and other muscle-wasting conditions, they have improved the lives of may of the worst affected. We are proud to offer pro-bono employment advice for the charity, and will continue to strengthen our partnership into the future.
We understand the importance of maintaining a balanced home life and a big part of that is levelling the playing field so that mums facing discrimination as a result of pregnancy or maternity leave have access to the help they need. We provide pro bono legal service to mums through these two organisations, and are strong advocates of fostering more equal working environments for all.
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We are a proud supporter of Islington NSPCC having run marathons for them and more recently having two partners sitting on their committee and helping to organise various events. As part of our ongoing work with the charity, the firm makes a donation of £5 for every client questionnaire that is returned.
This is an initiative driven by the charity Samaritan’s Purse to provide shoeboxes filled with toys to a child living in poverty stricken communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We held a reception at our offices for our staff, the local business community and our clients to get stuck in with packing and wrapping over a hundred shoe boxes filled with gifts for children across the world to open at Christmas. All gifts were donated by Bolt Burdon, our staff and contacts.
100 million step challenge
As part of our ongoing fit and healthy initiative, we bought every member of staff a fitbit and set a target for us as a firm to walk 100 million steps in a year. We far exceeded that target and donated £5k to Breast Cancer UK and a further £5k to the chosen charity of the person who walked the most steps in the year.
We have organized toy drives, held bake sales and grown moustaches to raise money for these important charities.
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