Working together, towards a better future.
We're committed to ensuring we attain our business objectives by operating and behaving in ways that benefit our employees, the community and the wider environment.
We created our Giving Something Back forum to provide a focal point for our community activities. Here you’ll find Partners and employees working together in support of charities, the environment and the wider community.
Some of our key initiatives are set out below.
Charities - We provide support to charities in a variety of ways. We donate to a number of charitable organisations, as well as getting actively involved in fundraising through various events and activities, from sporting events to fund-raising auctions. Each year our employees select a principal charity for the year; currently Age Scotland. We have previously supported charities including: Sick Kids Friends Foundation Edinburgh, Ronald McDonald House Glasgow, Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer's Research Scotland, The Bethany Trust, St Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. We aim to raise over £10,000 each year.
Pro-bono work - We assist a number of charities through the provision of legal advice in situations where there are legitimate financial constraints. We also support the Citizens’ Advice Bureau with solicitor advisors, and provide meeting facilities to charity clients.
Notaries Public - A number of our solicitors are also Notaries Public, registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are able to assist with the administering of Oaths in the UK and with notarising documents for use abroad. Where the documents are for use abroad and need to be translated, we can arrange for this through established contacts and where necessary, assist with obtaining an Apostille from the Foreign and Commonwealth Legalisation Office. For straightforward oaths and forms, we offer this service free of charge although you are welcome to make a discretionary donation to our Charity of the Year.
Placements and training - We offer a work experience programme in which school pupils undertake a week of learning in our office, gaining experience of a wide range of legal practice areas. We promote this programme actively, and combine it with school visits and other initiatives (including our support for the Scottish Schools Law Project) to inspire and encourage aspiring lawyers, as well as to increase the diversity of the profession. Many of our lawyers are involved in professional training through the universities and CPD providers.
Environment - We make every effort to limit the environmental impact of our business and we have a range of initiatives in place to achieve this, such as providing extensive recycling facilities, implementing paperlight working procedures, and encouraging the use of walking, cycling, and public transport for both commuting and business trips. We are also members of the Legal Sector Alliance, a group of law firms who are committed to sharing ideas about reducing our impact on the environment.
Morton Fraser Charitable Trust - This Trust was established in 1985 to allow people owning or inheriting assets which they did not wish to retain but which would be difficult to realise the opportunity to donate them to charity. Donations are made from the Trust annually to charities whose main purpose is one of the following: care of the elderly, benefit of young persons, medical research or the provision of education.