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Travers Smith signs up to Government's C-19 Business Pledge

Overview

Travers Smith LLP is proud to be a signatory of the Government's C-19 Business Pledge, which provides additional support to employees, clients and communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The firm's commitment to responsible business and sustainability underlies everything it does. Covid-19 has created countless challenges but also presented opportunities to collaborate for the greater good.  At this time, more than ever, Travers Smith is continuing its focus on community engagement, and assisting those in need. Some of the activities and initiatives that the firm has launched include:

Charitable Giving

In support of the charity sector, which has taken an enormous financial hit as a result of the crisis, the Travers Smith Foundation has provided funding to support smaller charities to help with Covid-19 related relief projects. Some of the charities which received donations to enable them to continue their vital work during this difficult time include: Fareshare, New Horizon Youth Centre, Raising Futures Kenya and Food Lifeline, along with a number of other charities which support vulnerable people and provide community aid. In addition, we have provided financial donations to our long-standing charity partners, including; Single Homeless Project, Brighter Futures Zambia, Just Like Us and GiveOut, to enable them to continue their excellent, and often life-saving, work.

Pro bono legal

As part of its contribution to The Collaborative Plan for pro bono, the firm is monitoring issues in relation to domestic abuse and considering the ways in which victims are at additional risk during the lockdown. As well as assessing the additional or increased legal needs in this regard the firm is looking at both practical and legal solutions (including the launch of an advocacy team in partnership with the National Centre for Domestic Violence which will take on domestic abuse clients remotely and represent them at urgent hearings as they seek protective injunctions).

Separately, the firm has taken on a not-for-profit biotech start-up to facilitate the development of a covid-19 testing kit for public deployment and is actively participating in the FT Global Legal Hackathon which seeks to produce legal and tech solutions to a range of issues that have arisen out of the pandemic.

Community engagement

Recently, the firm has donated acetate sheets to medical device start-up company Augment Bionics to help enable them to produce face masks for frontline NHS workers. As a result of donations from a broad range of companies and individuals, Augment Bionics' manufacturing capacity has increased from 1,000 to 17,500 shields a week.  

Through its CSR Programme, the firm is working closely with its various CSR partners in order to deliver initiatives remotely – such as mentoring for disadvantaged university students via the City Solicitors Horizons scheme, and online learning for members of the start-up/entrepreneur community via Your Start Your Story.

For our people

The firm is also acutely aware of the challenges its own people are facing during this difficult time, and has implemented a series of initiatives aimed at supporting everyone who works at Travers Smith, including:

  • developing a wellbeing site which provides guidance and advice on a broad range of issues relating to wellbeing, including "Staying Active", "Staying Connected", "Good mental health" as well as guidance for parents and carers

  • delivering webinars on financial wellbeing and budgeting

  • running a series of webinars and podcasts during Mental Health Awareness Week (18 - 24 May) to provide people with tools and guidance on how to promote good mental health

  • creating a digital platform to enable people to share stories about their own wellbeing and experiences of lockdown, with the intention of maintaining the firm's sense of community

  • rolling out extensive policies, relating to leave, volunteering and social support, to enable our people, where possible, to work in a manner which suits their current circumstance.

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