Mills & Reeve, Taylor Wessing lawyers most philanthropic

Lawyers at Mills & Reeve are the most generous when it comes to supporting good causes but those at Hill Dickinson are least willing to donate.


Lawyers at Mills & Reeve and Taylor Wessing are the most generous when it comes to supporting good causes, but those at Hill Dickinson are least willing to donate from their monthly paycheque, according to new figures.

The research, released by Workplace Giving, a Government run scheme offering tax breaks for employees who donate to charity via the payroll, ranks the UK’s top 50 firms by the number of employees who donate to charity every payday.

South east firm Mills & Reeve topped the league in joint first place alongside Taylor Wessing, with 24.4 per cent of staff using the scheme.

However, just 0.1 per cent of Hill Dickinson employees gave money from their payroll.

Four firms in the UK top 50 – Osborne Clark, Stephenson Harwood, Travers Smith and Holman Fenwick & Willan – have not signed up to the scheme.

Workplace Giving managing director Peter O’ Hara said: “While many law firms offer Workplace Giving, those that top the Legal Giving list are those employers who have actively promoted the scheme to staff, engaging their employees with the benefits of tax-effective giving through their pay, particularly for the higher rate tax payer.”

Allen & Overy and Linklaters were the most generous magic circle firms, with 7.5 and 6.3 per cent of employees using Workplace Giving.

Just 2.1 per cent of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer staff had signed up, placing the firm 38th in the top 50.




























































UK Ranking
Workplace Giving scheme Employee take up
Company
% Employee Uptake
46
1=
Mills & Reeve
24.4
28
1=
Taylor Wessing
24.4
13
3
CMS Cameron McKenna
17.7
50
4
15
20
5
Irwin Mitchell
13
8
6
11
4
7
Allen & Overy
7.5
2
8
Linklaters
6.3
31
9
Withers
5.7
16
10=
5.4
7
10=
Herbert Smith
5.4
22
12
5
12
13
Simmons & Simmons
4.7
41
14=
4.2
5
14=
4.2
32
14=
4.2
19
17
3.8
42
18=
3.7
24
18=
Wragge & Co
3.7
23
18=
Hammonds
3.7
35
18=
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert
3.7
18
22
Denton Wilde Sapte
3.6
17
23
Berwin Leighton Paisner
3.5
30
24
3.1
44
25=
McGrigors
3
1
25=
3
11
25=
3
48
28
2.8
21
29=
2.7
9
29=
2.7
39
31=
2.6
10
31=
Ashurst
2.6
47
33=
2.5
25
33=
Beachcroft
2.5
6
33=
Lovells
2.5
15
36
2.4
37
37
2.3
3
38
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
2.1
26
39
2
14
40
1.5
27
41
1.3
49
42
Cobbetts
1.1
43
43
LG
0.7
33
44
Halliwells
0.6
45
45
0.3
40
46
Hill Dickinson
0.1
29
47
0*
34
48
Stephenson Harwood
0*
36
49
Travers Smith
0*
38
50
0*

* do not operate a Workplace Giving Scheme as of November 2008