Omnathlon 2

Located in the centre of Guildford across from Stoke Park, you will find the South East office of international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys. Having been in Surrey for more than 100 years, the firm has enjoyed longstanding relationships serving both private clients and businesses. With over 150 staff (including 21 partners), read how the people from the firm’s Surrey office get involved and support various initiatives across the region.

As part of the firm’s focus on mental health issues, Charles Russell Speechlys supported the Mental Health in the Workplace conference alongside Business South, Guildford Borough Council and mental health charity Oakleaf Enterprise. 

Mental Health in the Workplace

The main session saw Employment Partner Nick Hurley in conversation with mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn, sharing their story of a chance meeting on Waterloo Bridge at a time of crisis for Jonny. This led to Jonny’s recovery and his ongoing quest to find ‘The Stranger on the Bridge’. The pair were eventually reunited creating a powerful connection which resulted in a partnership to help promote mental health issues and form the charity ‘Beyond Shame, Beyond Stigma’. 

Over 60 HR professionals and business leaders attended the conference held in Guildford’s Harbour Hotel. 

The Charles Russell Speechlys Omnathlon

Team members from each of Charles Russell Speechlys three UK offices took on the challenge of covering the entirety of the Thames Path using various methods including kayaking, swimming and running.

Approximately 180 miles long, with its source starting in the Cotswolds, the route took in Surrey villages and towns ending at the Thames Barrier - our Guildford team cycled 26 miles along the route. The challenge took place on June 22nd and 23rd raising funds and awareness for Blesma. Pictured here is Tara Volino, IT Manager and Hannah Bleach, Senior Facilities Assistant. 

Our Community Fund 

The Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund was launched in 2016 to support projects in and around Guildford focusing on employment, training and skills initiatives. It aims to help people gain confidence and raise aspirations to give them opportunities they would not otherwise have.

As one of the leading law firms in the South East with a private client team advising individuals on their philanthropic interests, it was a natural step to establish our own charitable initiative to create our own legacy in our community.

The Community Fund is now a key part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme in the South East as we seek a lasting relationship with the charities and projects we fund through volunteering and ongoing support.

Guildford Games Festival 

The first Guildford Games Festival took place at GLive on June 28th and 29th. It was a joyous three days where the local games community came together to showcase and celebrate their work. As a founding member of G3 Futures Initiative, Charles Russell Speechlys were able to provide workshops, legal surgery and be on hand to answer legal related queries.

Guildford Games Festival

Every year the team from Charles Russell Speechlys join the Guildford Legal Walk, a (not quite) 10km sponsored walk through the Surrey countryside. The funds raised go towards extending the services of South West London Law Centres’ Kingston branch throughout Surrey to become the Kingston and Surrey branch. This will help hundreds of the poorest people in the county, which is currently a legal aid “desert” for all areas of social welfare law, with no legal aid for housing, community care, or any other social welfare areas of law.

Surrey Hills Enterprises 

Now into our third year as Surrey Hills Enterprises Corporate Partners, Charles Russell Speechlys can be seen at the many and varied events across Surrey. With staff living and working in and around the Surrey Hills it is in all our interest to help preserve this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Surrey Hills Enterprises works with local businesses to support the rural economy and to promote, protect and enhance the beautiful Surrey Hills. As a Community Interest Company, funds generated from its work goes back to support the work of enhancing Surrey Hills, its landscape and local communities.

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