We are committed to being a socially responsible business; by giving something back to our local communities in which we operate, and respecting the environment around us. We focus on three key areas: Charity & Pro bono, Community Engagement and Diversity & Equality.
We actively encourage employee contribution, and all of our four offices take part in charitable fundraising. Last year our teams raised approximately £5,000 for our nominated office charities through various fundraising activities.
Our current office charities are:
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. They are determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer through offering support, running campaigns, funding research and educating healthcare professionals, workplaces and community groups. Their vision is a future where nobody dies of the disease.
St Peter’s Hospice cares for adults with life-limiting illnesses. They aim to improve the quality of their living and dying while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.
Maggie’s offers free support to anyone with cancer and their families. Their centres run both alongside NHS hospitals and online, offering professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.
Crisis aims to end homelessness. They support people out of homelessness for good, through integrated services such as education, training and support with housing, employment and health. They also offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across the UK.
We have been awarded the Payroll Giving Bronze award. Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who receives their pay through payroll to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice.
Diversity & Inclusion
At Bevan Brittan, we are committed to creating a culture where every individual is treated fairly and equally in our working environment, including the clients we work with and the companies in which we operate. We have an Equality and Diversity Policy and we are also signatories of the biennial Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter. Read more on our careers page.
Pathways to Law
Pathways to Law is a programme that looks to inspire and support students to explore a range of careers in law and build essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to higher education and the world of work.
The Bristol office has hosted three students from this programme so far.
Mental Health Awareness Week
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week we took part in the Curry & Chat initiative, a new national event organised by the Mental Health Foundation. It is intended to encourage people to get together over curry and engage in dialogue about mental health.
Change 100 is an internship programme for disabled students run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. The programme matches talented disabled students and graduates with prestigious employers across the UK, offering a three month work placement and nine month development programme to successful applicants.
Community Engagement highlights:
- We donated £20,000 at Christmas to our local office charities: TOFS in Birmingham, St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol, Claro Enterprises in Leeds and Crisis in London.
- A property solicitor in our Birmingham office undertook a 200ft abseil for charity. The abseil organised by Holiday Inn Express/Colmore Business District, aimed to raise funds for SIFA Fireside - a charity supporting homeless adults in Birmingham.
- Our Property Team in Birmingham provided pro-bono legal advice to help Moseley Road Baths charitable group obtain a licence to operate historic swimming pool.
- NHS70 – to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS, we advised our NHS Trust clients that we would match the value of any time invoiced on 5th July 2018 by making a charitable donation to their preferred charity.
- A team of 5 from Bevan Brittan completed the 3000ft four peaks challenge. The 43 mile route took the team to the tops of Scafell Pike, Scafell, Hellvellyn and Skiddaw. They did this is aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and mental health charity, Claro Enterprises.
- Birmingham Sleep Out - a team of individuals from Bevan Brittan, along with their family and friends, took part in the St Basils Big Sleep out in December 2018. The team bravely slept rough for one night in very cold wet conditions.
- We advised Great Western Air Ambulance Charity ('GWAAC') on first securing a lease and then the purchase of their new air base in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire. We assisted the charity through this important stage in their history, exchanging contracts in the summer and completing the sale in December 2018.