Corporate Social Responsibility

Sills & Betteridge partners and staff recognise the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and Charitable Fundraising.

Below are extracts from our policy which outline each aspect of our commitment.

1. Services for All

A large part of our ethos is the principle that all people should have access to legal services. We are committed to continuing to offer legal services to all clients. The firm is one of the few large firms in the region which still offers public funding to eligible clients across a number of services.

2. People

The partners expect and promote respect between all of our people both in their dealings with each other and with clients, suppliers and other third parties. The firm has a separate equal opportunities and diversity policy which outlines our commitment to the way we treat people.

3. Local Community

We define “community” as the local community within which we operate, namely Lincoln, Nottingham, Boston, Sleaford, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Grimsby, Northampton, Skegness & Spilsby and their surrounding areas. We commit to contributing positively to the local community by being a responsible neighbour, by building strong relationships with the local community and by being actively involved in local issues.

The firm currently supports the local community in the following ways:-

a) Links with charities and other organisations

Each year the firm’s employees nominate a local charity which will be supported. During the year various activities are organised to help raise funds including dress down days, cake sales, raffles and sponsored running events. Previous nominated charities have been the Lincoln County Hospital Breast Cancer department, Wish upon a Star, Candles, LIVES and Share the Care, Ethan Maul Up Yours to Cancer.

Our current Charity of the Year is Age UK (branches across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire).

b) Sport and Recreation

We regularly sponsor local sports clubs, leagues and organisations. Current sponsorships include:-

  • Lincolnshire Sunday Football League
  • The Lincolnshire Football League
  • Gainsborough Trinity Football Club
  • Boston Rugby Club
  • Lincoln Cricket League
  • Various golf days, swimathons and walks
c) Pro Bono Work

The firm encourages its lawyers to provide free or low-cost legal services to local charities and not for profit organisations.

The firm also gives free initial advice at clinics held both in the office and at other locations across the region. [Link to clinics page….]

d) Business in the Community

The firm is involved in the BITC scheme. We also took part in the Lincolnshire Cooperative’s Partners in Reading project. This involved members of staff visiting primary schools to read with children.

e) Schools

The firm has close links with a number of local schools. As a part of this relationship the firm actively participates in their work experience programmes. We usually take approximately 20 students of varying ages in a twelve month period. We also have several partners and employees who are school governors.

f) Suppliers

We aim to support the local economy by using local suppliers wherever possible.

g) Board Membership/Other Appointments

The firm encourages its employees to contribute to the local community by joining committees, trusts and boards.

4. Environment

The partners recognise the importance of environmental issues both locally, nationally and globally. The firm attempts to reduce its impact on the environment by:-

  • Continually seeking to improve our environmental performance
  • Reducing the volume of waste produced
  • Encouraging recycling throughout the firm
  • Reducing the firm’s energy consumption by encouraging the intelligent use of all electrical equipment
  • Complying with current legislation and best practice
  • Increasing staff awareness of environmental issues

If you are arranging a charitable project or fundraising activity and would like to apply for our help, please contact jlowe@sillslegal.co.uk

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