Corporate Social Responsibility
At The 36 Group we recognise that we have a responsibility towards our staff, members, clients and the communities in which we work. Our aim is to remain ethical, respectful and considerate to everyone that we come into contact with. We support the communities in which we work, not only in the traditional manner of offering Pro Bono legal services where appropriate, but also by rolling up our sleeves and involving ourselves in hands-on volunteering and fundraising. Furthermore, we strive to practice business in a way that goes beyond the interests of Chambers to engage in actions, however small, that improve social needs and positively affect the world in which we live. In sourcing services for our business and considering issues for our personnel, we make proactive choices, taking into account the environmental and social impact of its our decisions.
The 36 Group commit themselves to supporting a nominated charity or charities each year. The nominated charities for 2017 are as follows:
Bail for Immigration Detainees
BID is an independent charity providing legal advice, information and representation to immigration detainees on securing release from detention and challenging deportation. The thing to note about immigration detention is that there is no time limit.
BID teach detainees to represent themselves at court (DYI) and for the most vulnerable clients provide them with pro bono counsel. These people include those with serious physical and mental health conditions and those with families in the UK or who have spent a very long period of time in detention.
Over 32,000 people are detained every year (the number is increasing in this hostile environment). Those in detention do not have an automatic right to representation, thus making BID's work even more important.
Winnicott Neonatal Units
The Winnicott Foundation raises funds to improve care for premature and sick babies through supporting the neonatal units at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, by:
- helping to save the lives of premature and sick newborn babies
- helping families to be with their babies
- helping to give premature and sick babies a better long-term future
An independent registered charity, the Winnicott Foundation was founded in 1985 by parents and doctors who wanted to do more for premature and sick babies than the NHS was able to do. Originally formed to help the neonatal unit at St Mary’s, the charity is now supporting both of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s neonatal units at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
Anthony Nolan is a charity committed to saving the lives of people with blood cancer. They were instrumental in helping one of our own members with their recovery.
They match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.
They educate young people about the lifesaving difference they can make by joining our register.
They conduct ground breaking research to improve the success rates of transplants and improve the lives of all people with blood cancer.
They are there with support, advice and information for people with blood cancer and their families.
Many individuals at The 36 Group are involved in charity and community work throughout their spare time. For example, Members of staff are involved in running a youth club for up to 100 children in their local community, and three people from Chambers took part in the recent London Marathon, raising money for various charities.
There are many more examples of charity and community work in being undertaken by people at The 36 Group and we are pleased to be able to support our staff and members in this good work.
At The 36 Group we are committed to doing all we can towards the protection of the environment. We encourage our staff and members to only print papers when absolutely necessary. For the times when printing is necessary, we use sustainably sourced eco paper. We also encourage all our staff and members to consider their use of resources very carefully and to be proactive in reducing consumption.