Corporate Social Responsibility

As a leading North West business we recognise our responsibility to integrate social and environmental considerations into our business activities.  By doing so, we hope to have a positive impact on our people and the people we work with.

At JMW we are committed to conducting ourselves in a responsible and caring manner and strive to make sure that we make a full contribution to our social and local economic community. We offer a wide-ranging agenda of social and ethical projects for all our Partners and employees to become involved with.

Charity Work
JMW are actively involved in raising funds for several local and national charities.  We have a balanced portfolio of charitable activities ranging from donations, raising money via both internal and external events as well as facilitating the recycling of equipment.

We strive to ensure that “charitable giving” becomes part of our culture and our employees have raised funds from activities such as skydiving, running, bike rides, climbing and zip slides. 

Who we support

Our 2017 / 18 charities are The Child Brain Injury Trust and St Annes Hospice.

Child Brain Injury Trust

We are involved with fundraisers in partnership with the Child Brain Injury Trust and activities include a zip slide from the Imperial War Museum North, Great North Run, Manchester Marathon,  breakfast event, bag packing and a bucket collection.  

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St Annes Hospice
Fundraisers will include raffles, cake bakes, a lunchtime quiz, card making glasses, a firm wide lottery as well as supporting Beechwood's own events such as their golf day and ladies lunch.

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Previous nominated charities include, Macmillan, Beechwood Cancer Care, Mind plus many more. 

Wood Street Mission
The firm’s Chairman, Bill Jones, is the Chairman of the Spinningfields Business Group (“SBG”).  Both the firm and SBG actively support the Wood Street Mission, a charity that helps disadvantaged children and their families based in Manchester and Salford. Our employees regularly donate much needed supplies such as children’s clothing, school uniforms, children’s books, toys, Easter eggs and toiletries. The group hosted their first comedy charity dinner in aid of Wood Street Mission and raised over £21,000 from table sales, a raffle and an auction.


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For the past five years we have supported The Legacy Rainbow House, a charity that specialises in providing services for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life limiting conditions. Our clinical negligence team has raised over a £1000 each year for the past 5 years, by taking part in events such as the Rainbow Ramble and the Coast to Coast Bike Ride. Partner Eddie Jones also sits on the board.

JMW also actively support other charitable organisations such as Prevent Breast Cancer and The Brain Charity.

Our Community and volunteering
At JMW we seek to support the community in which we operate in and recognise the importance of volunteering. All of our employees at JMW are allowed to take two days paid leave per year in order to undertake charitable and/or voluntary work.

We work with Young Enterprise, a charity that goes into schools and runs various activity days all with the aim of teaching children about business and life skills.  The activities days are run in primary and secondary schools all over Greater Manchester. We have had teams of volunteers go into local schools and work with a small group of children designing the artwork for a new business or playing a game which makes them think about credit and debt. 

Our people have helped at Wood Street Mission who are always in need of volunteers to help with the sorting of the donations they receive. Depending on the time of year volunteers may be sorting clothes, school uniforms, toys or food parcels.

Groups of volunteers have also taken part in team challenges such as painting a scout campsite or helping at Manchester Mind’s allotment sites in South and North Manchester by painting, de-weeding and digging the vegetable patch.

We encourage Partners and employees to take up school governorships, trusteeships, non-executive directorships and voluntary roles within charities and community projects. Some of our lawyers also provide advice to charitable organisations on a pro bono basis.  We also support local schools and universities and offer placements for students looking to gain work experience.

Our aim is to minimise the environmental impact of our work and make sure at all times that we consider environmental issues. 
Our CSR Committee and the Board are committed to looking at ways the firm’s impact on the environment can be reduced. The following initiatives have been introduced and are encouraged where possible:

• Recycling facilities on each floor for plastic, glass, paper and cardboard. All paper waste is disposed of confidentially, via a contractor, it is shredded and then recycled
• Saving energy as a result of automatic switching off of lights
• Turning off the air conditioning during non-core office hours
• We have installed mains fed water coolers on all floors instead of traditional bottled water machines
• Staff are encouraged only to print when necessary and to print on both sides for multi-page documents. 
• All marketing material is printed on recycled paper where possible and the printers we use are IS0 14001 accredited. 
• Cycling to work is encouraged by the firm and we have introduced the Cycle Scheme initiative.  We have secure bicycle areas and a shower facility for staff to use.
• Business travel is reduced by the use of teleconferencing and video conferencing. When travel is needed, where possible, it is by public transport and we have a dedicated travel coordinator to facilitate this.


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