London CSR Re-launch

I recently organised the re-launch of our Starfish brand in the form of a “Fresher’s Fair” in our seventh floor restaurant area.  Six of our charity partners attended, including: Tideway, ELBA, Tomorrow’s People, Amicus, Connections and Almeida Theatre.  The purpose of the event was to encourage staff to sign up to specific projects and to make them aware of what each charity’s primary aims are.  

With the free croissants and coffee as a morning pick me up people started coming in their tens and thousands (okay maybe just tens…) to chat with our charities and past volunteers.  Martin Roberts, Head of the London office, also presented Connections with a cheque from the funds raised from the recent bike ride Pinsent Masons took part in.  I however, unfortunately, did not get to participate in the Starfish launch as I had to attend a seven day hearing at the Employment Tribunal!  I was told it was a successful event which has made people more aware of the Starfish brand.

I have also visited Tomorrow’s People recently to help out with their job application workshop.  I helped the students recognise their strengths and weaknesses, what their friends think about them, how to deal with a difficult person and what three skills are the most important to an employer.  I could see that the students had developed compared to a few weeks previously, which was very promising.  I hopefully will be attending their “graduation ceremony” in a few weeks time.

Last week I attended Mount Carmel school in Islington to deliver a presentation to Year 11 pupils on the law in general, working in a law firm and how to work towards their chosen career.  Some pupils were keen to ask a variety of questions although I tried to avoid the question “so how much do you earn Miss?!”  I have also just signed up to help younger pupils with their reading and writing skills at a local school once a fortnight for an hour which I am looking forward to!

I have decided to leave Starfish for the next blog and instead concentrate on the office and departmental Christmas parties which I hope will be a wine and Christmas filled event!

Au revoir for now,

Nicola