We are committed to being a socially responsible business; by giving something back to our local communities in which we operate, and respecting the environment around us. We focus on three key areas: Charity & Pro-bono, Community Engagement and Diversity & Equality.
We actively encourage employee contribution, and all of our four offices take part in charitable fundraising. Last year our teams raised approximately £5,000 for our nominated office charities through various fundraising activities.
Our current office charities are:
St Peter’s Hospice cares for adults with life-limiting illnesses. They aim to improve the quality of their living and dying while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.
Edward’s Trust provides holistic family bereavement services supporting children, young people and parents across the West Midlands. We provide support to parents bereaved, or about to be bereaved, of their son or daughter – whatever the age of their child.
St George's Crypt is a Leeds based charity which works with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction. They offer a place to sleep, immediate practical support and opportunities to gain skills. The charity is a place in which people can choose to change.
The Maypole Project provides emotional well-being to families with children who have complex medical needs. They support the whole family from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Their support is free, ongoing and flexible.
Diversity & Equality
At Bevan Brittan, we are committed to creating a culture where every individual is treated fairly and equally in our working environment, including the clients we work with and the companies in which we operate. We have an Equality and Diversity Policy and we are also signatories of the biennial Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter. Read more on our careers page.
Pathways to Law
Pathways to Law is a programme that looks to inspire and support students to explore a range of careers in law and build essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to higher education and the world of work.
The Bristol office has hosted three students from this programme so far. Priority is given to students who:
- are within the first generation of their family to attend university;
- are/were eligible for free school meals at secondary school;
- attend an aspiring state school or college;
- attend a school with high free school meal rates;
- are from postcodes with low rates of progression to higher education (evidenced by POLAR)
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to raise awareness about mental health and well-being.
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week we took part in the Curry & Chat initiative, a new national event organised by the Mental Health Foundation. It is intended to encourage people to get together over curry and engage in dialogue about mental health.
We now have a Wellbeing and Resilience strategy. Our approach aims to encourage dialogue about mental health across the firm and offer practical help for employees and managers.
Change 100 is an internship programme for disabled students run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. The programme matches talented disabled students and graduates with prestigious employers across the UK, offering a three month work placement and nine month development programme to successful applicants.
One of the programme's aims is to raise disability awareness and support businesses to become more confident about disability, encouraging a more diverse workforce which better reflects the community in which we are based and the people that we do business with.
Bevan Brittan first took part in Change 100 in 2015, and have done ever since, to continue to raise disability awareness and become more confident as an employer talking about disability.
Bevan Brittan supports employees with disabilities or long-term health conditions and raises awareness of the impact of mental health disabilities in the workplace.
To celebrate the NHS' 70th birthday, we made a number of donations to NHS charities across the country. All our legal fees earned advising our NHS Trust clients on 5 July 2018 were donated to over 40 Trusts’ chosen charities. We made this gesture as we are proud to have advised the NHS, and been by its side, since its inception in 1948 - when the firm was known as Bevan, Hancock & Co.
Leeds 10k Charity Run
Employees of the Bevan Brittan Leeds office took part in the Jane Tomlinson 10k run. The team ran in aid of St George's Crypt, which is a local charity that provides care and support to homeless and disadvantaged adults in Leeds.
Lakes 4 Peaks Challenge Completed
A group of professionals involved in healthcare Public Private Partnerships, and led by Community Health Partnerships and Bevan Brittan, climbed to the summit of England's four highest mountains, entirely on foot, in 24 hours.
The team from Bevan Brittan successfully completed the challenging 43 mile route. This took them across the Lake District, the tops of Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. So far they have raised £3,000 plus gift aid for their chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support.