2021 marks Birkett Long’s 200-year anniversary. The firm is looking forward to a year of celebrations with local communities, employees, clients, and all those involved in their history and making them what they are today.
200 years’ experience has taught the firm that it’s not just about knowing the law, it’s also about the impact they have on their communities. So, taking inspiration from ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’, which was held on 17 February, they are carrying out as many random acts of kindness as they can throughout 2021.
The first random act of kindness will be to celebrate the staff working for St Helena Hospice’s service SinglePoint, a 24/7 advice and support helpline that helps to coordinate care for those in north Essex who may be in the last year of life or who have specialist palliative care needs.
Birkett Long will be sending ‘calm kits’ to hardworking staff containing The Happy Newspaper, chocolate, tissues, calm tea, sweets and mints, which will hopefully put a smile on their faces.
Birkett Long has had a long-standing relationship with St Helena Hospice. In 1986, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, officially opened St Helena Hospice, with Christopher Holmes, their late Senior Partner, by her side.
The community has always been at the heart of Birkett Long’s business. A great part of the firm’s success is being able to share it by supporting local charities and organisations. This is done in various ways, through fundraising within offices, donating legal services and offering individuals’ time. Since 2002 the firm has helped to contribute in excess of £725,000 to various charitable causes, including several staff-nominated charities of the year.
In addition to charity initiatives, staff will be empowered to carry out some individual random acts of kindness of their choice throughout the year. If they have encountered a helpful receptionist or a supplier who has gone the extra mile, they will be able to acknowledge them with a little surprise, be it a bunch of flowers or a voucher for a coffee.
Several of the firm’s lawyers are Trustees, Governors and Board members at local charities, schools and organisations. They could choose to turn up at the next Board meeting with a treat for the attendees.
A valued client could receive a cake from one of the team on their birthday or a house-warming gift when they complete their purchase.
A business partner could receive a gift to help them settle into a new office.
The firm also plans to donate their time. You could see some of the staff handing out gifts to those visiting loved ones at the door of local hospices. You might even see them gardening, painting or helping somebody out in the community. They want to make a difference to somebody’s day.
Current employees are not forgotten, and this year a number of staff who have been with the firm for 20 years and one member of staff who will mark 35 years will be celebrated. Some recall starting work at Birkett Long with only a desk, a filing cabinet and a phone, no computer! Every employee will receive a small gift from the firm this month in an act of kindness to kick off the celebrations.
There are many surprises to come along the way that the firm look forward to sharing.
Martin Hopkins, Managing Partner, said:
“The last year has been so difficult for so many, and the coming year may be difficult too. We care for our clients, for each other and for our communities, and we hope to make a difference during this time. I am proud to be part of Birkett Long and of all that we have achieved, and will continue to achieve, as we celebrate this milestone of 200 years.”
Birkett Long has offices in Chelmsford, Colchester and Basildon. It provides a wide range of legal and independent financial services for business, including corporate and commercial advice, dispute resolution, education, insolvency, intellectual property and employment and for individuals: wills and conveyancing, family law independent financial advice and dispute resolution.
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