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Our 200th Year

2018 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Paris Smith. Below are some of the activities we have been up to to mark this special milestone.

Charity Volunteering

Paris Smith is offering 200 days of its employee’s time towards volunteering during its 200th anniversary year.

It has offered the opportunity to all staff to participate in one day of volunteering leave during 2018, with the firm organising various volunteering opportunities which can be undertaken individually or in groups.

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Paris Smith golden ticket winners

Employees at Paris Smith LLP have celebrated winning one of the firm’s Willy Wonka style golden tickets at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa where they will spend the night experiencing dinner, bed and breakfast with use of the spa facilities.

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Trio of pledges

Paris Smith LLP has announced three pledges for its 200th anniversary year as part of its commitment to the environment.

The firm which has offices in the centres of Southampton and Winchester is installing a modern bike rack in its office car parks to inspire and enable staff to cycle to work.

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Staff Party

In May we had a birthday party for all staff held at the new Southampton Harbour Hotel. 200 colleagues enjoyed a three course meal and then danced the night away to a live band. There were prizes galore to be won on the night including an overnight stay at the Harbour Hotel, festival tickets, experience days and many more.

Headline sponsor of Graze Festival

As part of our celebrations this year and as we are keen supporters of the arts, local producers and community events, we are sponsoring the Graze Festival. The festival is run entirely by volunteers for the community of Winchester and the neighbouring areas. To find out more about the Festival and to book your tickets follow this link.

Guildhall Gala Dinner

Paris Smith LLP celebrated its 200th anniversary recently with fine dining and a musical masterclass of live performances spanning two centuries at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton.

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Headline sponsors of The Odd Ball

Having chosen The Murray Parish Trust in partnership with Southampton Hospital Charity for their Children’s Emergency & Trauma Department appeal as our 200 Year Charity Partners, we are headline sponsors of the 2018 Odd Ball. Follow the link below to read more about the Odd Ball and how to book your tickets.

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A chronology of events over the past 200 years

Paris Smith has undergone many changes over the past 200 years but its commitment to client service and legal excellence has remained firmly at the heart of the company’s philosophy.Have a look at our 200 year Timeline project, which traces Paris Smith’s numerous milestones set against notable events in the south of England and wider world history.

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Thank you for the invitation to your spectacular event on Thursday. The event must have taken an awful lot of time and effort to put together and you must have been delighted that it went so smoothly on the evening and was such a success.  You’ve set the bar very high for the next one!

- David Mann, Chief Executive

Ageas Bowl

On behalf of Laings and those of us lucky enough to join you last night at your 200th celebration, I’d like to say a huge thank you.

For many years Paris Smith have been our trusted partner and you’ve all personally been involved in some of the most significant moments in our history – thank you.

Many thanks for the ongoing support and invitation, I look forward to many more successful years working together.

- Jonathan Payne, MD


Thank you so much for a wonderful night – it was a lovely event and there was a tremendous atmosphere in the room.

I love the fact that you both embraced your love of culture and music – not many organisations would have had their 2 top people playing and singing at such an event – absolutely brilliant!!

Thanks for letting me share it with you and I was genuinely proud of our association with Paris Smith last night.

- Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive

Mayflower Theatre

Thank you most warmly for the outstanding event on Thursday evening. It was a privilege to be part of the community of your staff and clients, as well as the huge number of beneficiaries of your ‘time and talents’ over the years. The Paris Smith story is a remarkable one, and is synonymous with the history of Southampton. At a time when the private sector arguably offers more clear continuity than the public sector (alarmingly at times!) it is a matter of pride and reassurance to have a company like yours in the city.

- Giles Semper, Chief Executive Officer

Go! Southampton - Business Improvement District Ltd

Thank you for the amazing event and hospitality last night. You should be very proud of what was a huge event and it all went so smoothly. The food and service was excellent and the entertainment was fun and engaging!

We were so delighted and honoured to be part of the celebrations so thank you for the opportunity and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

- Debbie Randle, Director of Sales

Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa

A very sincere thank you for a wonderful evening at the Anniversary Dinner last night. It was such a spectacular event which must have taken an enormous amount of organisation. What I thought was particularly touching was that, although it was so large, it also had an intimate feel and I got a real sense of the firm as a family and as part of the local community.

- Vicky Owen, Director of Personnel & Corporate Services

Peter Symonds College

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