Our charity and pro bono work
We actively encourage partners and staff to carry out pro bono work and support charities.
We have adopted one main charity in recent years on which to focus our fundraising activities – The Lighthouse Club. This charity is known, recognized, and regarded with respect and affection throughout every branch of the construction industry. During lock-down, in recognition of the work The Lighthouse Club focus on providing mental health support, we organised the “FE Stay Active Challenge” for the Lighthouse Club, where team members, friends and clients could run, cycle, walk the dog or carry out any exercise of their choice.
We make smaller, one-off donations and bursaries to various charities, organisations, and individuals where there is a link with our people, our industry, or our local community.
We have provided pro bono legal assistance to Article 25 (a humanitarian architecture charity) on a project in Afghanistan, CODEP (a construction industry charity in Sierra Leone) and for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Currently we are working on a number of projects including:
- The Chancery Lane Project (a project aligned with and supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals relating to climate action and the UK's emissions reduction target, enshrined in law, to reach net zero by 2050) peer reviewing contract clauses as they develop new contracts and model laws to help fight climate change.
- Through TeCSA, where members of the firm are active committee members of TeCSA, Fenwick Elliott have provided free advice on a consistent basis to those seeking advice on construction disputes who would not otherwise have access to support.
- Members of the team have also committed significant hours in providing advice to those without the means to appoint solicitors. Such advice has been given through volunteer work at law clinics and notably through the Free Representation Unit (www.thefru.org.uk).
- Fenwick Elliott also works with a number of academic institutions providing free support and assistance teaching on a variety of courses. In particular, we contributing to the MSc programme in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College London. This includes supporting King’s College’s commitment to research in the field of construction law which has been used to shape legislation and policy in the industry.