Pro Bono & Volunteering
The firm actively support employees who wish to contribute their time and expertise to charitable organisations and establishments, both through the firm and in the communities where they live. Most of our external corporate responsibility projects are sourced and maintained through the initiative of individual employees. We don't shout about it, but quietly many people fundraise, volunteer and try to improve the lives of those in need.
Examples of some of the initiatives that our employees are or have been involved in are as follows.
A number of our fee earners remain involved with the College of Law and BPP providing mentoring for the current students looking at embarking on a career in the law. Mentoring is often targeted towards those students from less advantaged backgrounds and provides them with both a valuable insight into the legal profession and information and support in relation to applications for training contracts and interview preparation.
We encourage employees to take up positions of responsibility within the community and to take part in a whole range of charitable activities, including holding positions as trustees to charitable foundations or institutions and as school governors in their local community.
Legal Advice Clinics
Many members of the firm have given their time to provide free advice through organisations such as the Citizen's Advice Bureau, the BPP Pro Bono Family Clinic and various legal advice centres.
London 2012 - Olympics and Paralympics
As London, Great Britain and, indeed, the world got behind the athletes, our employees were not only getting wrapped up in the excitement of the proceedings but several were also playing their own part in making the Games a success.
Whilst as a firm we were delighted to sponsor a number of Team GB's Olympic sailors we had other employees who were individually determined to get involved and are proud that PHB staff at the Games numbered two Games Makers at the Paralympics, a Ceremonies Performer at both the Opening and Closing Events, and an Olympic torchbearer. They all used their annual leave to volunteer and support the Games.
Our head of Dispute Resolution, Richard Butcher, attended the Opening Ceremony and a number of events and gives his own personal experience of the Games which relives the excitement of that incredible, golden summer!
Our torchbearer has gone on to be something of a local celebrity and has not only attended a number of events in her area to allow people to hold the iconic torch but was also invited to a "Sport Achievement of the Year" award ceremony.
We, as a firm, are immensely proud of all those who got involved and we are pleased that some have indicated a desire to prolong their experiences by applying to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and at other smaller projects within the UK. We wish them all the very best of luck.