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  • 27 Mar 2014

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    Trainees v Students in the Big Debate

    We held our third debate with students from Central Foundation Boys' School on the motion: 'This house would not provide development aid to non-democratic countries'. Four students went up against a team of four of our trainee solicitors.

    Our Senior Partner Chris Saul chaired this lively event and after much debate, the judging panel - made up of associate Krishna Omkar, Headteacher at Central Foundation Jamie Brownhill and Debate Mate judge Fran Ruddy - announced the students as winners for their arguments proposing the motion.


    17 Mar 2014

    Climate Week 2014

    Climate Week 2014

    We celebrated Climate Week by focusing on sustainable travel and transport. Highlights included a free bike check service to our cyclist enthusiasts, a talk by writer and journalist Paul Kingsnorth on the reality of climate change and a 'Farm to Fork' theme day in our staff restaurant to demonstrate our caterers' commitment to using local suppliers. We also ran a travel-themed photography competition - more than 100 photos were entered by employees!


    04 Mar 2014

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    The Big Key Project Bash

    We held a drinks reception at our London office last night to mark two years of our flagship social mobility project, the Key Project. Our volunteer tutors and teachers from Central Foundation Boys' School helped us to celebrate the achievements of the project, which aims to get students into top universities. The audience heard from speakers Andrew Berwick (Director of The Access Project), Jamie Brownhill (Headteacher at Central Foundation), Adam Baldwin (associate and volunteer tutor) and a student on the Key Project.


    19 Feb 2014

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    ACDiversity visit to our Brussels office

    Our Brussels office hosted a group of 19 students from the charity ACDiversity today. The group were on a two-day visit to learn more about the European Union and to get a perspective from both sides of the UK-European debate ahead of the EU elections on 22nd May 2014.

    Over a working lunch, Kevin Coates from DG Competition, European Commission and two of our partners, John Boyce and Lisa Wright, led a workshop to take the students through the pros and cons of the UK leaving the EU.


    14 Feb 2014

    Winner of the Slaughter and May Bake Off

    On your marks, get set, bake!

    We held the first Slaughter and May Valentine's-themed 'Bake Off' today, raising over £800 for our employee-voted charity SANE.

    After much debate, partners Sarah Lee and Rob Sumroy crowned secretary Fiona Streetley as Star Baker for her impressive bouquet of cupcakes.

    The event was hosted by associate Krishna Omkar and Mel Giedroyc of The Great British Bake Off who joined us via telephone link. All entries were auctioned and sold within an hour!


    04 Dec 2013

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    PC Pals Christmas lunch

    We held our PC Pals project Christmas lunch today. It was a chance for our volunteers and their mentees to celebrate their IT skills progress over the year.

    The project is run by St Luke's Community Centre and helps people in the local community to get to grips with the basics of using a computer. We were also joined by Martyn Craddock, the Chief Executive, Director of Services and Business Engagement Manager at St Luke's Community Centre.


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