Working with Charities

Our team is actively involved in raising funds for several local and national charities. We have a balanced portfolio of charitable activities, including donations and fundraising via internal and external events, as well as facilitating the recycling of equipment.

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

Our 2017/2018 nominated charities were WaY and Maggies Manchester. Charities from previous years include Macmillan, Beechwood Cancer Care, St Ann’s Hospice, Mind and many more.

Fundraisers we have completed include:

  • Raffles
  • Bake sales
  • A static cycle
  • The ice bucket challange
  • A lunchtime quiz
  • Card making classes
  • A firm-wide lottery
  • Name the Easter bunny

Child Brain Injury Trust

We have completed a number of fundraisers in partnership with the Child Brain Injury Trust, including:

  • A zip slide from the Imperial War Museum North
  • Taking part in the Great North Run and the Manchester Marathon
  • Running a breakfast event
  • Volunteering for bag packing
  • A bucket collection

We also continue to support Wood Street Mission, The Legacy Rainbow House, Prevent Breast Cancer, The Brain Charity and Beechwood Cancer Care by supporting their events such as golf days, comedy lunches, quiz’s, afternoon tea and ladies lunches

We have also raised money for the following:

Wood Street Mission

Thomas Pearson, a Partner in Real Estate Commercial is the Chair of the Spinningfields Business Group (SBG), and both organisations actively support the Wood Street Mission. The charity helps disadvantaged children and their families in Manchester and Salford.

We regularly donate much-needed supplies, such as clothing, school uniforms, books, toys, toiletries and Christmas gifts.

The Legacy Rainbow House

The Legacy Rainbow House is a charity we have supported for many years that specialises in providing services for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Head of Clinical Negligence Eddie Jones sits on the board, and his team has raised over £1,000 each year by taking part in events such as the Rainbow Ramble and the Coast-to-Coast Bike Ride.

Volunteering in the Community

At JMW, we seek to support the community in which we operate and recognise the importance of volunteering. All of our employees are permitted to take two days paid leave per year to undertake charitable and voluntary work.

Wood Street Mission

As well as the work we do with the charity mentioned above, employees have also volunteered to help sort through the donations they receive, including clothes, school uniforms, toys and food parcels.

Other activities we have taken part in include painting a scout campsite and helping to paint, deweed and dig the vegetable patch at Manchester Mind’s allotments in North and South Manchester and help the gardens in the Maggies centre in Manchester.

We also 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 provide advice to charitable organisations on a pro-bono basis. We support local school, colleges and universities too by offering placements for students looking to gain work experience.

Taking Care of the Environment

Our aim is to minimise the environmental impact of our work and consider environmental issues at all times. The Corporate Social Responsibility committee and board have introduced the following initiatives to help reduce the firm’s impact on the environment:

  • Recycling facilities on each floor for plastic, glass, paper and cardboard. All paper waste is disposed of confidentially via a contractor where it is shredded and recycled
  • Installing lights that automatically switch off to save energy
  • Turning off the air conditioning during non-core office hours
  • Installing mains-fed water coolers on all floors rather than traditional bottled water machines
  • Encouraging staff to only print when necessary and use both sides for multi-page documents
  • Printing all marketing material on recycled paper where possible on ISO 14001 accredited printers
  • Introducing the Cycle Scheme Initiative to encourage staff to cycle to work

Reducing the amount of business travel by using teleconferencing and video conferencing. When travel is needed, we use public transport, where possible, and we have a dedicated travel coordinator to facilitate this

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