Corporate Social Responsibility

BCL has an established Corporate Social Responsibility programme which is a key part of our business strategy. The aim of the programme is to assist in providing a positive working environment for our staff by helping our local and the wider legal communities.

Charity

As a central part of our programme, the firm donates a percentage of its annual turnover to charitable causes. Through these donations we support charities based in, or serving, our local community as well as those who work in the legal sector.

The charities we support are nominated by members of the firm and over the last few years have included:

The firm also encourages all staff to participate in fundraising and supports those who are taking part in sporting challenges and other charitable activities. We hold annual Macmillan coffee mornings and Comic/Sport Relief bake-offs. Further details of the funds raised and photographs can be found on News & Insights.

Charity of the Year

Each year, the firm has a specific ‘Charity of the Year’. This is a charity nominated by and voted for by all members of staff, to which the firm makes a substantial donation and the staff arrange specific fundraising events throughout the year. In 2020, we will be supporting Wellbeing of Women.

More about the charity:

Wellbeing of Women is the only charity in the UK funding peer-reviewed pioneering medical research across the whole spectrum of women’s reproductive and gynaecological health. Their mission is to improve diagnoses and treatments and find cures and preventions to transform the lives of women and their babies everywhere. Since the charity was established in 1964, they have invested around £54 million in the vital early science which lays the foundations of the major medical breakthroughs. Much of the research they have funded has led to the care and cures which are now part of everyday clinical practice.

 

Justice

Many of our fee earners participate in projects giving pro bono advice. In particular, we are involved in Amicus (www.amicus-alj.org). Amicus assists lawyers and legal charities in the US who represent those on death row, as well as some individuals who are without representation, in the preparation of cases for appeal against conviction and/or sentence.

We also provide ad hoc pro bono advice.

Environmental Impact

We have increased our re-cycling, introduced low voltage lighting and try to ensure that any old (but functioning) IT equipment is donated to local charities & schools.  We also provide second hand legal textbooks to the International Law Book Facility who then distribute them to not for profit organisations in need.

Please monitor News & Insights for updates on the above including further details of fundraising events and pro bono work.

 

Employer Supported Volunteering Policy

Volunteering gives people the opportunity to gain fulfilment by working on issues they feel passionate about and it can also help build connections with our local communities.

Community and voluntary sector organisations often have low budgets and greatly value enthusiastic volunteers with specialist skills, expertise and knowledge. Life can be hectic though, and it is not always easy to take time away from our busy work, personal and family lives.

To demonstrate BCL’s commitment to volunteering, 1 day’s paid ‘Employer Supported Volunteering Day’ per annum is available to all staff and partners in addition to their normal annual leave. Participation is encouraged to support local causes, take part in team challenges to support our chosen charities, or to support one off events in the community.