Our purpose is to enable our clients to succeed through having a positive experience with legal excellence.
Our values known as the ‘SPIRIT’ of Paris Smith (service; professionalism; integrity; respect; innovation and trust) are the foundations of our relationships and the way we do business. This means:
Our people are our most important assets.
We want to be the region’s first choice for lawyers and supporting legal teams for which to work.
We value our people, encourage empowerment and are committed to inspiring everyone to reach their full potential. We do this by:
We are committed to minimising our impact on the local, national and global environment. We encourage collaboration and working in partnership with other businesses which share our values and sustainability commitments. We are committed to:
Our Environmental Committee is responsible for recommendations and processes to reduce the firm’s impact on the environment. Our achievements include:
Each year we have a charity of the year, selected by the staff and partners, for which it raises funds through a variety of activities and events. For example, in 2020 our nominated charities are Solent Mind for Southampton and Naomi House & Jacksplace for Winchester.
Charities supported in previous years have included Age UK Southampton, Trinity Winchester, Winchester Hospice, The Murray Parish Trust and Southampton Hospital Charity, the County Air Ambulance Trust, the Alzheimer’s Society, NSPCC, Wessex Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Rose Road, Breast Cancer Haven – Wessex and Children in Need.
We provide conferencing and meeting room facilities for our supported charities and a charity contribution is made in lieu of Christmas cards each year.
200th Year Staff Charity
In 2018 we celebrated our 200th year and worked in collaboration with both our charity partner of the year and also by producing an in-house volunteering programme.
Our staff voted across several charities and the outstanding winner was the Murray Parish Trust in conjunction with the Southampton Hospital Charity’s appeal for their Trauma Unit.
During 2018 we successfully held several fundraising events including bake sales, dress down day and both staff and client parties. We also raised awareness in relation to these charities and their campaigns by introducing our staff via regular updates and staff lunches.
Volunteering leave was set up and advertised throughout the firm. We delivered in excess of 750 hours of staff time to local charities as a result of our volunteering programme.
In 2019 we became a patron of the Knights Foundation.
A number of members of the firm give their time to charities and causes across the region and specifically in Southampton and Winchester, from where we serve our clients. Many members of the firm are trustees or board members of regional and local charities and the firm encourages staff to take such positions. In addition, our lawyers have provided free or low cost legal services to a number of local trusts, charities and other not-for-profit organisations covering a wide range of issues including tax, planning, commercial property and employment advice.
We also offer charities free membership of our Charity Forum. We host a charity conference which attracts attendance from across the central south region to hear high profile speakers, who have included the Charity Commissioner, the Government Minister with responsibility for charities, chairmen, chief executives, fundraisers of national charities and philanthropists .
We have enjoyed a close connection with Hampshire County Cricket Club for decades.
Our sponsorship agreement with the Mayflower Theatre is one of the longest running sponsorship agreements of its kind in the UK. One element of the support for the theatre has been sponsoring the Summer Youth Project, providing an opportunity for young people to perform at the Mayflower Theatre.
We also support the Winchester Theatre Royal and are a corporate partner of Hampshire Cultural Trust (which administers over 20 museums and galleries across Hampshire). Other sponsorships and collaborations include: Winchester Poetry Festival, Winchester School of Art.
We are committed to investing in the infrastructure of the local community.
Our policy is to deal with suppliers who themselves have adopted sustainable business practices and are keen to support the local community. This is achieved via our Sustainable Procurement Policy.
We therefore seek to source goods and services provided by local businesses which share our values and beliefs. We have arrangements for the provision of photocopy machines, electrical, plumbing, refurbishment services, furniture, stationery supplies, training, design and printing, cleaning, catering, hospitality services, staff benefit advice and business insurances.
We are active promoters of the cities in which we work and their communities by showcasing their economic and cultural credentials. We host an annual programme of events which includes business leaders’ dinners, seminars and conferences to foster thought leadership – and encourage collaboration and partnership working.
We support the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and are a founder City Champion for Business South, promoting the region for the good of all businesses.
The health and safety of our staff, clients and other visitors to our offices is a priority. In recent years this has been recognised by the British Safety Council via an International Safety Award. It is believed that Paris Smith LLP is the only law firm in the South of England to have received this accolade.
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