Charitable foundation & CSR

Our people are encouraged to use their skills in community focused projects.

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We value the opportunity to give something back to the communities in which we work. In addition to charitable giving, we actively encourage our employees to undertake pro bono initiatives and to help with a variety of community projects. We are mindful of our surroundings and aim to minimise our impact on the environment wherever possible.

As a firm, we are committed to the highest professional standards in our engagement with our clients, people, suppliers and wider society. Conscious of the important role that corporate social responsibility (CSR) plays in the success of our business, we are keen to give everyone at Penningtons Manches the opportunity to participate. So, each member of staff is allowed to undertake 21 hours of voluntary work every year during office hours. Our approach is flexible so that individuals can choose their main area of focus.

Charitable giving

Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation is at the heart of our charitable giving and pro bono work. Formally registered by the Charity Commission, the foundation has a broad outlook but particularly prioritises vulnerable groups, education projects and community initiatives. It is funded by donations from Penningtons Manches partners and staff as well as from clients, contacts and other friends of the firm.

Each year we choose a core project in which Penningtons Manches staff can play an active role. We are currently highlighting modern slavery and human trafficking, a serious issue affecting vulnerable people both across the UK and worldwide. Our involvement in this field has led to the formation of a number of working partnerships with organisations undertaking vital work to support victims of exploitation, including:

If you would like to learn more about the work of the foundation or wish to make a donation, please email Alternatively, contact foundation chair, Gillian Rivers, at 125 Wood Street, London EC2V 7AW.

Helping our communities

We are proud to do this in many different ways and, with enough notice and enthusiasm, we can turn our hands to anything! Alongside the foundation’s central programme, we support schemes which have a positive impact on the communities in which we are based. Dedicated committees in each of our offices annually select a number of local projects and charities whose activities complement the main objectives of the foundation. We are currently working with organisations such as Asylum Welcome, Home-Start, Justice in Motion, Kith and Kids, Little Miracles and YMCA, to name but a few. Below are other examples of ongoing initiatives.

  • In September 2018, we are again sponsoring a Sportsability Day at Surrey Sports Park when more than 60 local children with special needs will be invited to try out different sports. Trained coaches will be on hand to give taster sessions assisted by a team of Penningtons Manches volunteers.
  • Many of our staff have acted as independent custody visitors, a role which helps to raise awareness on the rights and entitlements of people being held in police custody and which involves visiting facilities to ensure that standards are being met.
  • Several members of our staff sit on governing bodies, either independently or via the school governors’ One Stop Shop scheme which places governors within schools.
  • We participate in a regular programme of reading with children in local schools. Continuing with the 'schools' theme, we have also helped to tidy playground areas and plant gardens.

Pro bono

Our work brings us into contact with many people and we are conscious that not everyone has the financial resources to obtain the legal support they need.

  • As the Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation continues to develop, one of our key offerings to organisations supported by our core project will be pro bono activity.
  • In the City of London, our lawyers regularly give free legal advice to individuals on a range of issues at the Citizens Advice Bureau of the Royal Courts of Justice.
  • We have joined a group of volunteers from City law firms attending bi-monthly legal advice clinics at the charity Shelter from the Storm.
  • A number of cases are referred to us annually through the Environmental Law Foundation which provides pro bono advice on planning and environmental matters affecting communities.

Caring for the environment

We actively promote recycling in all our offices and have introduced other measures with regards to lighting, IT and printers, air conditioning and heating, water heaters and coolers.

Our transport policy includes a ‘cycle to work’ scheme which has encouraged several members of staff to swap their main mode of transport from a car to a bicycle.

Our suppliers

Last but not least, we have asked many of our suppliers to reflect our ethical and charitable aims in their provision of services. For example, one of our catering suppliers uses fair trade products wherever possible and takes part in the 'one water' scheme which supplies roundabouts to provide clean water to villages in Africa.

Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation established for exclusively charitable purposes and is registered with the Charity Commission with registered number 1170958.

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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