Working hard to make a difference
We are keen to make a positive difference in the wider community, whether that is through using our expertise to help people who need it, or by simply giving our time where it is required. We do this in many different ways, from playing an active role in organisations, to volunteering in schools, and providing pro bono work (i.e. work we do without charge).

Here are some of the community programmes we are involved with:

Right to Read
Freeths participates na
tionally in the literacy programme, Right to Read, working with eight primary schools in partnership with BITC, Leicestershire Education Business Company and Leicestershire Cares. Volunteers from across the firm help by listening to children read, talking to them about the reading materials and getting involved in literacy games. Many of the students do not speak English as a first language and we are pleased our work is making a difference. We are also delighted that the children thoroughly enjoy the time spent with our volunteers.


Business in FOCUS

Business In FOCUS is an IntoUniversity initiative which supports young people from disadvantaged
backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. Our staff volun
teers help to supervise a one day law simulation exercise on site in our offices, providing mentoring support to students, who are split into teams competing to see who can research, develop and present the most persuasive court case.



CareersLab

BITC’s CareersLab aims to bridge the gap between schools and the world of work. Our volunteers attend careers events hosted by local secondary schools and provide workplace role models for a range of careers activities and lessons ran with the schools teaching staff. The programme helps to build children’s awareness of the broad range of careers available and the realistic steps required to achieve a career of your choice.


Emmanuel School
Freeths have formed a Partnership with the Emmanuel School, Wilford. Our Legal Assistants and Trainee Solicitors have been mentoring students through Breakfast Seminars and Business Studies classes. They have provided support to students aged 13-18, helping them to learn about and identify career paths for their futures. Additionally, this programme has supported the production of A level course work through the in-depth exploration of key workplace i
ssues. We have also been able to offer work experience opportunities to students to spend time in our offices and see firsthand the working legal environment.


Pro Bono schemes

This is legal work we do without charge in a range of situations as part of our commitment to the wider community. Our medico-legal team, for example, takes on a range of pro bono work for victims of medical accidents, including some quite substantial cases. We are also members of the BITC ProHelp programme, providing professional assistance to charitable and non-profit making bodies.


Enterprise 4 Education
Enterprise 4 Education (E4E) is an exciting public private sector partnership that aims to link employers with schools and students in a bid to create a better understanding of career opportunities and raise young people’s aspirations, improve their employability skills. Activities our volunteers engage with include mock interview sessions, CV writing workshops, mentoring and careers talks.


Give & Gain Day

BITC’s Give and Gain Day is an annual international day of business volunteering, with more than 31.5k volunteers taking part across 36 countries. Freeths staff assist with projects in community organisations, charities and schools. This could be running an event promoting literacy in a school or supervising a social event for isolated groups in society. Overall the day helps to raise awareness of the value of volunteering.


The Legal Scholarship Scheme


The Freeths Legal Scholarship Scheme gives a student from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire, who has completed the first year of a law degree, the opportunity to undertake paid work experience within the firm’s Milton Keynes office. This provides the student with an invaluable insight into the life of a commercial lawyer as well as contributing to their personal development. On top of that, the winner receives a bursary that will help them to fund their studies. The scholarship scheme is underpinned by an outreach programme to schools in which the firm works to promote legal careers to students.


Freeths E-mentoring Scheme
In partners
hip with eight universities and colleges around the country, Freeths are working to provide staff mentors for law students. The scheme intends to utilise the knowledge of mentors who can help students with the transition between a law degree and entering the legal workplace. Our mentors share their own experiences, providing an overview of what it is like to work in a law firm and how they have built their own careers so far.


Nottingham Playhouse

Freeths is honorary legal advisor to Nottingham Playhouse, and one of our partners acts as company secretary.


Waingroves Community Association
This Derbyshire-based charity provides educational and recreational support to the local youth community and was looking to increase revenue through organising events and trade. We advised them on charitable trading and corresponding tax implications.


SNAP
Our team incorporated this non-profit organisation involved in regeneration work in the South Normanton–Pinxton area and drafted an agreement to transfer all assets over to the newly incorporated body. More recently, we have helped in their application to the Charity Commission for charitable status and are currently advising them on a proposed lease.


Heathersage Allotments
We were pleased to draft Articles of Association for a group looking to establish allotments for two villages, which are to be used by the villagers for recreational and educational purposes. We also gave advice on the terms of the lease of the proposed site for the allotments.

 
Fishing for Heroes
This proposed charity will be raising funds to provide therapeutic fly fishing trips for military personnel suffering from combat stress and trauma. We are pleased to help by drafting a trust deed for the new charity and arranging its registration with the Charities Commission.


Good practice on environmental issues
Lead by our staff Green Group, we are constantly looking to improve our environmental performance and to reduce the impact our activities and services have on the environment.

Whilst complying with legislation is, of course, very important to us, part of what we do is also about our keenness to provide an example of good practice and to make a difference. One of the ways in which we have done this is in how we dispose of our waste.

As a firm, we recycle widely, including paper, glass, cans, batteries, IT equipment, plastic cups, cardboard, mobile phones, printer and toner cartridges. We also use recycled products where we can.

We look to source our energy ethically across all of our utilities and are making great headway with a firm travel plan, covering supplier and staff travel, offering initiatives such as an employee Cycle to Work scheme.

Freeths LLP is proud to have achieved the internationally recognised ISO14001 Environmental Management standard.  Please click here to view our Environmental policy.

The firm's Green Group Chair is Partner, Mark Keeley and our Corporate Social Responsibility Co-ordinator is Carole Wigley.