Simmons goes all-out on corporate responsibility

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • Addleshaw Goddard have had a CSR blog - in the public domain for the last two and a half years - see www.addleshawgoddard.com/csr. Will be interesting to see if the Simmons one is still around in 2012.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...).

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  • Lawyers have no more of a moral obligation to help their wider society than any other member of society.

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  • I very much doubt that Richard Dyton would have anything to do with this initiative if it were simply a PR exercise.

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