The Bristol office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell  is celebrating after its work supporting a range of local community initiatives and charities was recognised with a prize at the Bristol Law Society Awards last night (October 15).
The firm beat two other shortlisted competitors to be named Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Firm of the Year at the event held at the Marriott City Centre hotel in Bristol, which was hosted by the BBC’s legal correspondent Clive Coleman.
Held annually, the awards are aimed at shining a light on the quality work being undertaken across Bristol’s legal community.
Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office was recognised for its commitment to a range of projects and causes across the community, as well as its promotion of social responsibility across the firm.
Examples of their work across the past year include supporting Bristol and Beyond Asbestos Family Support and raising £1,000 for Children’s Hospice South West by taking part in the local Rainbow Run.
The office also volunteered and provided funding for a number of initiatives including a Cerebral Palsy Plus sailing day and an Easter party for inclusive playgroup the Butterfly Hut.
Both the Butterfly Hut and fellow charity the Flamingo Foundation also nominated Irwin Mitchell for the award.
Jonathan Peacock, regional managing partner of Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Bristol Law Society and the local legal community, with the award highlighting the huge emphasis we place on corporate social responsibility at Irwin Mitchell.
“Across all of our offices we maintain a focus on ensuring that we are out in the community and helping local initiatives to provide vital support and in some cases change the lives of those who need support to get the best from life. Getting involved in this type of activity is at the core of what the firm holds dear.
“We are incredibly proud of our links across the Bristol community and are determined to ensure that we continue to make further steps forward in supporting our community locally in any way we can.”
This award comes after Irwin Mitchell also won the Best Legal Market Brand and Best Trainee Recruitment prizes at the recent The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards The firm is also nominated in the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion category at the upcoming Law Society Excellence Awards 2015, while its Bristol-based lawyer Polly Sweeney is also shortlisted for national Solicitor of the Year, having won the title of Bristol Solicitor of the Year at last year’s Awards.