Analysis News Business Leadership Law firms Simmons goes all-out on corporate responsibility By The Lawyer 19 October 2009 08:20 13 December 2015 18:08 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Britomart 19 October 2009 at 12:37 So what’s going to happen when the markets come back, are Simmons going to carry on with this project or will they quietly junk it? Reply Link Anonymous 19 October 2009 at 16:39 Oh please! If changing things in the community is really important to you then I suggest becoming a social worker and doing it full time. Nothing but a cynical exercise in PR in my view. You bet once markets turn up and associates are back at normal levels this will be junked. Reply Link Anonymous 20 October 2009 at 07:29 Simmons never seems to make the news except for various and frequent community/diversity/IT initiatives – is it still considered a top 20 UK firm? Reply Link David 20 October 2009 at 10:19 These people would never become social workers or teachers or charity workers or nurses or street sweepers or anything else useful to society. They’re (primarily) in it for the money, so they may as well be encouraged to do something valuable for few hours a month. It’s not going to change the world by itself but it’s better than nothing. Reply Link Anonymous 20 October 2009 at 18:09 While it is easy to be cynical, CSR can have real and tangible benefits to the world outside the City. Law firms have historically been behind in CSR and the progress to catch up with other industries has been slow. Lawyers are a part of society as well and surely they could be doing more to help? Reply Link Anonymous 21 October 2009 at 09:28 Addleshaw Goddard have had a CSR blog – in the public domain for the last two and a half years – see http://www.addleshawgoddard.com/csr. Will be interesting to see if the Simmons one is still around in 2012. Reply Link Anonymous 21 October 2009 at 10:31 All law firms shout about their CR / pro bono commitments and very few do anything meaningful including, I expect, Simmons until now. But having put their heads above the parapet, let’s at least see what they do and judge them on that. Reply Link Anonymous 21 October 2009 at 15:53 Britomart – Simmons wouldn’t run this kind of story if it were just a short-term PR stunt. I know that the time off in lieu policy, pro bono time recording and internal awards have actually been in place there for a few years already – certainly pre-credit crunch. Some other firms are doing plenty of CR work too (CC mentioned are very good) but many are way behind, so let’s hope that this encourages people and firms to give it more prominence (and more stories in the media…). Reply Link Anonymous 22 October 2009 at 09:30 Lawyers have no more of a moral obligation to help their wider society than any other member of society. Reply Link Andrew 22 October 2009 at 12:46 I very much doubt that Richard Dyton would have anything to do with this initiative if it were simply a PR exercise. Reply Link Anonymous 22 October 2009 at 17:02 I suspect that those who do not support Simmons’ CSR initiatives are white, middle class and working in City Firms who have no real understanding of the issues facing society. It is unfortunate that so many lawyers whilst practising law forget that law at its core is about maintaining social justice. Justice must be available to all, not just in the Courts but in daily life. Why shouldn’t the most privileged amongst refuse the needs of the less fortunate. Well done Simmons. Very well done indeed. Reply Link Sue Nelson 25 October 2009 at 18:09 Well done Simmons. Lawyers have a privileged place in society. The reputation of the profession is at the core of what makes this a civilized society. In return, I am all in favour of waking members up to ways in which they can enrich their communities as well as their own lives. Reply Link Dan 27 October 2009 at 07:46 ‘Lawyers have a privileged place in society’ I’ll remember that point next time I hear another ‘lawyer joke’. Oh, and some lawyers are certainly more ‘privileged’ than others judging by their pay packets. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.