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From Munro bagging and doing the Penguin Walk to joining charitable organisations and offering free advice, Blackadders’ voluntary work has resulted in the firm being shortlisted for the Community Contribution accolade at this year’s Scottish Legal Awards.
The recognition reflects the commitment and dedication of staff across the firm’s Scottish offices to play an active part in their local communities.
Blackadders’ private client team, which specialise in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Adults with Incapacity, Trusts, Tax and Executries, is behind the company’s significant contribution to the local community.
Solicitor Rachael Delaney, said: “Being a member of our private client team is not just about being knowledgeable, but is about using your skills, time, teamwork and expertise to give back to the local community in a meaningful way.”
The team’s community work has involved many during their careers being Board members for local charities, two of which are female and under 30 which helps to promote diversity in local charities. Working with the City of Dundee Burgess Charity, where one of the female solicitors became the youngest Board member, they have also almost exclusively administered all aspects of the charity.
“By being appointed as Board members, our team use their insight and perspective, as well as legal knowledge, and give up their time to facilitate the charities development and growth,” said Partner Laura McDowall.
Free legal advice at support clinics across Scotland are also facilitated by the team with a significant amount of time being spent supporting and advising unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian, providing advice primarily in relation to guardianships. As part of these efforts, members of the team also provide free legal blogs, on a variety of private client matters, to the community through the website, social media platforms and Scottish Chambers of Commerce websites.
Fundraising is another focus of the team’s contribution to the community. From bagging as many Munros in one day, abseiling down the Forth Rail Bridge, trekking the foothills of the Cairngorms and wearing matching penguin hats in a 10K March, their daredevil spirits know no bounds. As a result, they have raised almost £15,000 in around just 12 months.
Charities that have benefited span Help for Kids, The City of Dundee Burgess Charity, Alzheimer Scotland, Dundee Rotary Swimarathon, Guildry, Children 1st, Scotland’s Charity Air Service, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Maggie’s Centres, and PAMIS which promotes a more inclusive society by supporting people with profound and multiple learning difficulties including their families, carers and professionals.
For PAMIS, for example, members of the team held fundraising events such as a Christmas jumper day, bake sale and raffle, to help the organisation secure Scotland’s first ever Mobile Changing Places toilet while also inspiring one of our solicitors to join the PAMIS Board.
Solicitor Corah Edgar said: “The team feel it is important to support and assist as many local charities as possible. They feel that it enables them to make a bigger impact and contribution in our local communities.”
We wish our colleagues all the very best at the Scottish Legal Awards ceremony on March 19.
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