At Palmers, we recognise our responsibilities and the potential impact our business has on the local community and the environment where we all live and work.
We are committed to running a successful business but we also take steps to support our staff in initiatives which have a positive effect on our Corporate Social Responsibility aims.
What does this mean in practice?
We regularly review and, where possible, implement new initiatives which reduce our energy consumption and wastage.
We have maintenance contracts in place so that all major equipment is regularly serviced to help maintain energy efficiency.
We have adopted a number of waste management initiatives, including the recycling of paper, card, and printer cartridges. We also encourage all staff to recycle and we have recycling bins throughout the office areas.
We aim, where possible, to purchase recycled products, for example, recycled toner cartridges and paper products.
We also use the services of local businesses for stationery products etc. to keep lorry transport deliveries and our carbon footprint to a minimum.
We endeavour to work with partner organisations that share our environmental values.
We encourage our staff, where it is possible and appropriate to do so, to use email correspondence rather than paper correspondence.
We use in-house training and webinars where possible to avoid the need to travel, which helps reduce our carbon footprint.
The majority of firm-related information is shared via internal email. For example, we have created email recipient groups/work-type teams so that we can send out relevant emails to specific groups, along with a weekly “Staff Bulletin” which is emailed to all staff.
We support a number of charitable organisations through donation, sponsorship, advertising and attendance at a wide range of functions such as charity quiz nights, an annual Christmas Carol Concert, staff ‘Christmas jumper’ days, as well as formal dinners, receptions and luncheons.
Our staff regularly participate in charity fund-raising events from abseiling to cake sales.
Details of our latest charity fundraising events can be found here on our timeline
We encourage community work. For example, our staff are involved in a local school reading project and a number of our lawyers offer legal advice to the local CAB office.
We recognise the importance of education in our communities. Where appropriate, our staff are encouraged to apply for appointments as governors of schools and colleges.
Our firm works with local schools, colleges and universities to offer student placements and encourage students to join the legal profession.
We also support local schools through the sponsorship of student award schemes and we are actively involved in a mentoring scheme which inspires local students to aim for career success, by showing how hard work and a focus on studying can pay off in the long-term.
We promote equality and well-being amongst our staff. We are committed to maintaining a workplace where our staff can achieve our firm’s collective goals in a mutually supportive way.
- Clear, consistent and fair contracts of employment to all employees
- Benefits such as a pension scheme, private medical healthcare
- An employee of the quarter award to recognise outstanding performance
- A staff reward scheme for the introduction of new clients
- Various social events throughout the year
- Weekly staff e-bulletins
We recognise the importance of training and development to support career progression.
We are committed to providing a comfortable and safe physical environment in which to work. Comprehensive Health & Safety and Fire Safety Policies are in place. Risk assessments are carried out regularly and we have fire safety systems in place at all of our offices.
We are also committed to equality of opportunity in our recruitment and employment practices and we have an extensive equality & diversity policy and training in place.
Inflatable 5k run
Three members of our team raised hundreds of pounds for charity at an inflatable 5k run.
Associate Executive, Nicola Tubbs and Legal Secretaries, Caroline Dovey and Victoria Levitt all took part in the event to raise money for the Polly Parrot Appeal, which supports the work of the children’s wards at Basildon and Thurrock hospitals.
Dementia Awareness Week
Staff at our offices in Basildon, Rayleigh, Thurrock and South Woodham Ferrers swapped their usual attire for blue outfits to match the colour of the forget-me-not symbol associated with charities which support people living with Dementia.
We have also took part in a campaign run by the Southend Dementia Action Alliance by signing a forget-me-not flower petal as an act of awareness. The petals will now be used as part of a larger display.
Rayleigh Town Museum
The team at the newly-opened Rayleigh office of Palmers Solicitors named Rayleigh Town Museum as the office’s inaugural chosen charity.
The museum, which is free to visit, is home to a wide range of Rayleigh-related items, including postcards, maps and books, all charting the town’s history back to its mention in the Domesday Book.
Christmas Shop Front Competition
Three Rayleigh businesses were announced as the winners of the town’s annual shop front competition, which was sponsored by Palmers Solicitors.
Adam Davis, a Partner at Palmers Solicitors, joined Councillor Carol Pavelin, Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council, to make the presentations. The Dogs Trust was the winner in the Charity category, Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe was the winner in the Commercial category, while the Spread Eagle was the winner in the Public House category.
Christmas Jumper Day
Our team raised hundreds of pounds to support young patients at two local hospitals by donning Christmas jumpers.
Members of the team raised the funds in support of our firm’s charity of the year, the Polly Parrott Appeal, which supports young patients at Basildon and Thurrock hospitals. In total, staff raised £212.95 by holding a raffle and by wearing Christmas jumpers and other Christmassy paraphernalia into work.
Lakeside’s Give a Gift
We marked the countdown to Christmas by raising funds for Lakeside’s Give a Gift initiative and the Thurrock Young Carers initiative.
Members of our team had a stall at Warren Primary School’s Christmas Fete and raised further money at a Give a Gift day at our offices. The £287 total purchased 16 stars from the Give a Gift Tree at Lakeside which provides Christmas presents for local underprivileged children, with the remaining cash donated to the Thurrock Young Carers initiative.
Christmas Card Designs
We chose four fantastic designs by pupils at Treetops School in Grays, which were used in our firm’s 2017 Christmas e-card.
Treetops is a special school for pupils aged from three to 19 who have moderate learning difficulties. First prize was awarded to Rebecca Cole-Velvin, aged 10, second prize was awarded to Jacob Lorenzo Roberts, aged six third prize went to Callum Treggunno aged eight and fourth prize was awarded to Abudulmalik Adeyanju, aged eight.
Festive-themed Poetry Competition
We helped celebrate local schoolchildren’s poetic flair with a festive-themed poetry competition at Rayleigh Primary School.
The competition was divided by age group into four categories, with prizes for the top three festive-themed poems. First prizes were awarded to Abigail Wilson, Year 1; Lucy Barnett, Year 2; Matilda Barry, Years 3 and 4; and Oliver Cheung, Years 5 and 6. As part of their prize they were invited to read their poems at our Christmas Carol Concert at St Martin’s Church in Basildon.
Money saving specialists from organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, JobCentre Plus and Basildon Council came together to share their expertise at the town’s Money Matters event held at the Basildon Centre, sponsored by Palmers.
This series of drop-in sessions helped residents to find out how they can save money on their gas and electricity bills, while also getting some helpful legal advice from our team.
Thurrock Education Awards
We helped to celebrate the achievements of Thurrock’s education professionals when we sponsored and presented the Aspiring Leader award at the Thurrock Education Awards at Thurrock Civic Hall.
BJ Chong, a Partner at our firm, presented the prestigious award to Jamie Stephens of Chadwell St Mary Primary School.
Palmers sponsored the Voluntary Group of the Year award
Palmers sponsored the Voluntary Group of the Year award at the Basildon Council Volunteer Awards.
The award was presented by Lee McClellan, a Partner at our firm, to the Food Ministry Team at St. Andrew’s and Holy Cross Churches in recognition of their efforts to provide food and company to children and their families, as well as to the elderly and socially isolated and the wider community.
Charity of the Year
The Polly Parrot Appeal, which raises funds for the children’s wards at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, has been announced as Palmers official charity for the coming year, with a series of events and fundraising initiatives, including the firm’s annual carol service in December.
Each year, around 6,500 younger patients stay on the hospitals’’ children’s wards and a further 20,000 visit for an outpatient appointment.
Town Mayor’s Charity Concert
Palmers continues commitment to Dementia Friends
Palmers has recommitted to providing the best possible support to those living with dementia and their families, by training the new staff within its Older Client team as Dementia Friends.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative that aims to promote knowledge about the different forms of dementia. The majority of Palmers’ older client team are Dementia Friends and, following the recent expansion of the team, we invited Gillian Gibson, an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer, to provide an information session.
A pancake-themed fundraiser raised hundreds of pounds for a local hospice charity.
The event, which included a pancake race, was held by Palmers at our South Woodham Ferrers offices. The event raised £200 for the Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford through donations from staff, clients and contacts who attended.
Lawyers bring movie magic to South Woodham Ferrers
A slice of Hollywood big-screen glamour is enjoyed by the community in South Woodham Ferrers, thanks to the town’s monthly Champion Film Club, which is sponsored by Palmers.
The club is held at the Town Council on the second Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 12.30pm for tea, coffee and biscuits, with films starting at 1.30pm.