Recent community and environment stories
17 Nov 2015
CoRe Impact Report 2015
Launched in 2009, the CoRe (Community Resourcing) Programme is a joint project between Slaughter and May, Macquarie and the BIG Alliance. The project matches teams of business volunteers from Slaughter and May and Macquarie to Islington charities. Over the course of six months the volunteers work with the charities to develop their capacity through the support of strategic priorities.
We are delighted to announce that the CoRe Impact Report 2015 is now available, and is a testament to the success of the project last year which saw 22 volunteers deliver over 800 hours of support to six local charities: Chance UK, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, Family Action, Friendship Network, Friendship Works and Women’s Therapy Centre.
30 Sep 2015
City Giving Day and latest social mobility project news
We are proud to be supporting City Giving Day on 30 September 2015, an initiative run by the Lord Mayor's Appeal office. The campaign is designed to bring the City together on one special day to promote and celebrate community and charity outreach. Today we celebrate the achievements of the 106 students who took part in the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP at their graduation ceremony.
91% of students involved in LSMP said it increased their motivation to achieve their career goals and seven students from Slaughter and May partner schools took part, including one student who is preparing to sit their LNAT exams and is hoping to study law at Oxford.
01 Sep 2015
Central Foundation Boys' School receive excellent exam results
We were delighted that students at Central Foundation received fantastic GCSE and A level results. 78% of GCSE students achieved at least 5A* to Cs. This places the school in the top 10% of schools within the country for added value.
At Key Stage 5 (KS5), the pass rate, including A levels and BTEC, was 100%, with 58% of grades at A* to B. This places the school within the top 15% of KS5 providers in the country.
The school also welcomed its first acceptance of an Oxbridge offer for 40 years and 62 students are going to university - 27 of which are off to top third universities and 13 to Russell Group universities.
29 Jul 2015
Data Protection masterclass
Lawyers from our Compliance Team delivered a workshop providing an overview of data protection guidelines for several of our charity partners. The session focused on the key areas of legislation applicable to charities and helped them to understand how to avoid some common pitfalls. The workshop was delivered as part of our CoRe Programme that aims to help build charities' capacity.
27 Jul 2015
Legal Social Mobility Partnership quadruples in size
For the second year, we are taking part in the Legal Social Mobility Partnership Work Insights and Skills Programme which aims to widen access to legal profession. Seven students, who spent a week's work experience at Slaughter May, will join almost 100 others this week who will visit five organisations to gain an insight into both private practice and in-house legal careers.
15 Jul 2015
Pastry masterclass for local charity
We were delighted when the firm's in-house BaxterStory pastry chef Sharon Johnson kindly volunteered to impart her skills to members of the Union Chapel Margins Cafe project. One of the firm's supported charities, the organisation provides vital support services to people facing homelessness, crisis and isolation in Islington and training towards gaining employment.
03 Jul 2015
Today we launched our UCAS Project at Central Foundation Boys' School. Over 30 volunteers from across the firm are working with small groups of Year 12 students to help them draft and structure their personal statements for UCAS applications.
The project supports the whole Year 12 cohort (98 students) and forms part of the school's Central Futures Programme which helps students decide on the right pathway for them after leaving Sixth Form.
We have been running the UCAS Project for a number of years and last year, over a third of students mentored in the programme received offers from Russell Group universities, including an offer from Oxbridge.