Recent community and environment stories
06 Aug 2014
Shortlisted - LSA Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility
We are pleased to be shortlisted in the Law Society's 2014 Legal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility. The award highlights our efforts to tackle energy use. Our target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 has been achieved in the area of energy use, seven years early. The winner will be announced on 9 October 2014 in London.
29 Jul 2014
Launch of Legal Social Mobility Partnership
As part of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP) work experience programme, six students from Central Foundation Boys' School will spend a day at ITV, Harlequins Rugby, Microsoft, MTV and Yahoo! this week following a week's work experience with us.
The LSMP is a collaboration of over 10 organisations, including four leading law firms and their clients, working together to provide high quality work experience and insight into the legal profession. The six Central Foundation students will join 14 others from three other London schools.
The LSMP was developed following a joint initiative between Slaughter and May and ITV last year which saw students spend a week at the firm working on a mock legal task for ITV followed by two days with ITV's in-house legal team.
24 Jun 2014
St. Luke's Primary School visit
This morning, we were joined by 21 students from St Luke's Primary School (from Years 2 to 6) for their annual visit to the firm. The students, all on our Literacy Scheme, were given a tour of our London office by their reading partner volunteer, completed a themed wordsearch and enjoyed some lunch and cake in our staff restaurant!
23 Jun 2014
How the City Works
A group of AS Economics students from Central Foundation Boys' School spent the afternoon learning about how the City works in an interactive workshop based on coffee trading.
We partnered with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to deliver the session which was led by Slaughter and May associates Harry Bacon and Simon Tysoe, and one of BTMU's in-house lawyers, Charlie Jenkins.
The students explored the goals and risks associated with being the various market players (growers, buyers and financiers) in the context of trading coffee, as well as learning about how a law firm and a bank work together.
13 Jun 2014
UCAS mentoring scheme launch
We launched our UCAS mentoring scheme at Central Foundation Boys' School today. Twenty of our volunteers spent the morning with small groups of Year 12 students to help them with the personal statement aspect of their university application.
Our volunteers will work with the students over the next few months to help them tailor and improve their personal statements, ready to submit their applications by late September. Volunteers include trainees, associates, Business Services staff and our Senior Partner, Chris Saul.
02 Jun 2014
14 May 2014
We held an interview workshop for the Central Foundation Boys' School students applying to our Summer work experience scheme. The scheme includes placements on our legal work experience scheme, run in collaboration with our client, ITV, as well as in our Business Services teams.
The students were given an overview of the interview process and some top tips for interview preparation from one of our HR advisors. They then participated in a mock interview, led by volunteers from our Business Services teams.
08 May 2014
Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark 2014
We are delighted to have been awarded a Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark from the Charities Aid Foundation. This means that over 10% of our employees donate to their chosen charities each month through Payroll Giving.
27 Mar 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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.
02 Dec 2013
Annual Corporate Responsibility Christmas Reception
Slaughter and May volunteers and our community partners joined us for some festive cheer at our annual Corporate Responsibility Christmas reception.
The evening was hosted by senior partner Chris Saul and Central Foundation Boys' School's chamber choir performed. Akbar Kurtha, a Hollywood actor and big supporter of Carers Trust, also gave a talk on his experiences of being a carer.
Mark Bennett, partner and chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, announced our volunteer recognition award winners who were given £500 each from the Slaughter and May Charitable Trust to donate to a charity of their choice. Guests enjoyed mulled wine and interactive market stalls from charities we work with.
26 Nov 2013
First 'Careers Showcase' event success
We hosted our first 'Careers Showcase' event today. Over 40 students from Central Foundation Boys' School and 35 volunteers, including Slaughter and May employees, suppliers and clients attended.
The students spent the afternoon engaged in interactive sessions such as career bulldog, icebreaker bingo and a career networking session. They also had a chance to reflect upon which volunteer had inspired them most as well as to think about their future careers and the skills and qualifications they might need to get there. We were delighted to hear positive feedback from all those involved.
21 Nov 2013
CoRe Programme 2013 Celebration
The Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf joined us at Macquarie to celebrate the end of the CoRe Programme 2013.
The initiative involved our volunteers and those from Macquarie working with Islington charities over a period of six months to help them with business development and becoming more sustainable. Over 30 volunteers and six charities participated in this year's programme which proved to have a significant impact for the charities.
20 Nov 2013
Islington Law Centre's 40th Birthday
We hosted a drinks reception for Islington Law Centre at our London office to mark its 40th birthday. Lord Hoffman, patron of the the charity, attended and said a few words. We have been supporting the law centre for over 10 years and more than 35 of our lawyers volunteer at their evening advice clinic.
06 Nov 2013
Opening Doors Awards - 'Best Outreach Programme' winner
We are delighted to have won 'Best Outreach Programme' at the Deputy Prime Minister's Opening Doors Awards for our support of Central Foundation Boys' School (CFBS). Nick Clegg presented the award to Kate Hursthouse, our Corporate Responsibility Manager, at Lancaster House in front of 400 people from 150 businesses.
The award recognised our long-standing partnership with CFBS and the significant commitment made by our volunteers who are involved as tutors, mentors, work experience supervisors and much more besides.
31 Oct 2013
Inside Buzz 2014 Law Firm Rankings - employees have their say
We won second place in the 'Green Initiatives' category of the Inside Buzz 2014 Law Firm Rankings. Over 1,000 trainees and newly qualified solicitors voted in the annual survey in which the firm took the top position in the overall ranking.
22 Oct 2013
Environmental Standards - ISO
Our London office has been awarded the ISO 14064-3 greenhouse gas verification. The process involved checking and assessing our stated footprint, as well as related data collection and management systems.
We are also pleased to be re-certified for the ISO 14001 standard following an audit of our environmental management system.
09 Oct 2013
"Just Quizzing 2"
Over 250 of our staff took part in "Just Quizzing! 2", our second annual charity quiz organised by our Employee Charity Committee. This year's event raised almost £2,000 for SANE, our employee-voted charity.
36 teams from our London and Brussels (via teleconference) offices enjoyed eight rounds of trivia, with 'The Bean Counters' crowned the winners. We were also delighted to be joined by representatives from SANE on the night, who took part in the quiz alongside our Slaughter and May teams.
20 Sep 2013
Work experience students Q&A session
We were pleased to welcome ten of our work experience cohort from Central Foundation Boys' School to our London office today. The students took part in an interactive Q&A session about their placements in front of their teachers and the employees who supervised and worked with them.
We were also delighted to be joined by ITV, who are collaborating with us to run joint legal placements as part of The Key Project.
18 Sep 2013
We kicked off our support for our Employee Charity of the Year, SANE, with a road-show at our London office yesterday. Representatives from SANE joined us to raise awareness of their work and the Black Dog Campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. We shall be the proud hosts of Hugo, designed by Joanna Lumley, for the coming year.
16 Sep 2013
The Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 shortlist
We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Environmental Responsibility category of The Law Society's Excellence Awards 2013.
Our entry showcased our achievements in successfully cutting the firm's energy use. With a target to reduce our carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, we should achieve this for our energy use by 2013 - an impressive seven years early.
15 Jul 2013
Summer work experience placements begin
The first cohort of work experience students from Central Foundation Boys' School (Central Foundation) joined us today. They began their placements with a morning of training and inductions followed by a welcome lunch with their respective teams.
A total of 20 Central Foundation students will complete work experience placements with us this year. They will be hosted across a wide range of departments, from IT and Finance to Business Development.
We are also excited to be collaborating with our client ITV to run joint legal placements for students interested in a career in the law. This forms part of the Key Project, through which we fulfil our commitment to PRIME: a profession-wide undertaking to give fair access to quality work experience for young people from less privileged backgrounds.