Working with charities

Our charity partnerships and pro bono work alongside the Travers Smith Foundation are about utilising our skills to enable a positive social impact.

Working with charities


Through our CSR Programme, we aim to create meaningful, lasting and substantive partnerships with all the charities we work with.

Our work in supporting charities sits under two headings:

  1. Charity partnerships
  2. Travers Smith Foundation

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Charity partnerships

The firm provides substantial financial support to a major charity partner on a rolling two-year basis. Our major charity partner for 2020 – 2023 is The Felix Project.

Millions of people in the UK regularly experience hunger. 1.5 million adults in London struggle to afford to eat every day, and 400,000 children are at risk of missing the next meal. Meanwhile, the UK food industry generates almost 2 million tonnes of good, edible surplus food each year. The Felix Project makes it their mission to help combat both issues. The charity rescues surplus fresh food, that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributes it across London. The food is delivered to over 800 front-line charities, primary schools and holiday programmes in London, reaching vulnerable, homeless and people with mental health or those who simply cannot afford to buy regular, healthy food.

Over the next two years Travers Smith will be working closely with The Felix Project to support its ongoing activities, as well as assist the charity in achieving its strategic priorities. In addition to fundraising and volunteering, the firm will also be providing pro bono legal support to The Felix Project.

Below is additional information on how to be considered as major charity in the future.

December 2022

The firm's CSR Committee selects a theme for charities to be included on the longlist.

People across the firm are eligible to put forward any charity which fits within that theme. Previous themes have included "Local to us" and "Mental health and well-being".

January 2023

CSR Committee prepare a shortlist of charities.

February 2023

Shortlisted charities are invited to present their work to the firm.

March 2023

The firm votes for its preferred charity.

April 2023

New major charity partner for 2023 – 2025 selected.

Travers Smith Foundation


Since its launch in October 2015, the Travers Smith Foundation has supported over 100 charities and not for profit organisations.

The Foundation is an addition to our ongoing commitments to our nominated and long-standing charity partners, and its aim is to support a wide range of charities and organisations by issuing small donations.

If you would like to apply for a donation, please fill in the application request form below and we will email the application form to you.

Please note that the Foundation is primarily aimed at supporting smaller charities and community groups. If you wish to be considered for more substantive donations, please visit Section 1.

The Committee that oversees the Foundation meets on a quarterly basis to review all applications.

Application request form:


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