Cripps’ employees are flying sky high

28 June, 2018

What do you picture when you think of a solicitor’s typical working day?  The stereotype is often someone dressed in a suit, stuck in the office between 8:00am to 10:00pm.  Perhaps that is the case for some, but here at Cripps this is becoming further from reality, not least because of our drive towards agile/flexible working and our smart/casual dress code.  In fact, you will find that in addition to the day job of giving clients legal advice, many solicitors participate in extra activities that are completely non-law related.

For instance, many people are involved in charity work.  At Cripps we have a charity committee which is comprised of people from all over the firm, ranging from partner level to trainees.  Every year Cripps chooses a charity of the year and we create a packed calendar full of fundraising events that almost everyone gets involved with at some point.

Some events are relaxing, such as the 10k London Legal Walk, which was on a beautiful sunny day and essentially involved a stroll down the River Thames.  It was also in the afternoon, so you could get a good half day’s work done beforehand.  Other events, such as the SleepOut for LandAid that involved sleeping on the streets of London in -8 weather conditions to raise money for homeless people and help fund a new YMCA building, was far less enjoyable and not an experience many of us would like to relive.

People often dismiss charity work because they “don’t have time to do it”.  I think the point to note is that no-one working full time in a demanding job has time set aside for charity work.  It is something you have to make time for.  When considering whether to do charity work, it helps to focus on the benefit it will have on the recipient.  This year, Cripps is fundraising for Rethink Mental Illness.  Our funding will enable them to educate people on mental illnesses, provide support to those who need it and even offer housing services.  We are enabling people, who may not otherwise be able to afford or access support, get the help they need.

Charity work can also be very rewarding and a nice distraction from law (not that I don’t obviously love my job).  You network with a variety of people from all backgrounds and sectors, which may even lead to new instructions.  When you think about it, I believe you would be hard pressed to find someone who regrets doing too much charity work.

That said, the next fundraising event Cripps employees are taking part in is a sponsored skydive on 22 July 2018.  Perhaps ask me again if I regret doing charity work while I’m going up in the plane … If you are able to spare any change to support our charity of the year, we would be grateful for all donations, however small.  The link to donate is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cripps-skydive.