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life as a trainee

Being a trainee is much more than just the work you will do, it is about the experience. As a firm we recognise that and we have dedicated societies for sports, social and our charitable work. 

Sports and social

Having a social life is important, be it trainee drinks at each of the offices, being a member of our sports teams and groups such as the Nottingham weekly running club, touch rugby team, netball team. Or maybe joining the sports and social committee to arrange events raising money for the office charities. 

This year a group of 60 people from across all our offices took part in the UK corporate games, competing in a variety of sports from football, running, badminton and even go karting. Watch the video to find out more.

Our charitable work

At Browne Jacobson we have always believed that giving back to our communities is an important part of our business activity. We concentrate on supporting local charities and communities and have focussed our efforts, contributing at both community and wider socio-economic levels.

Each year, our people nominate and vote for their office charity of the year, which then becomes the focus of fundraising in that office for the following year. In the last financial year we raised almost £35k for our five office charities of the year.

We’ve seen a huge amount of innovation in our charity fundraising, from skydiving, abseiling and running to strawberry teas, curry nights and everything in between.

Our trainees once again got involved in the fundraising by undertaking a ‘trainee triathlon’, raising over £3000 for the charities. This involved a Tough Mudder challenge, a smoothie biking challenge and finally a dragon boat challenge against a team of partners (where the trainees tactfully came second).

Our managing partner threw down a Mannequin Challenge at Christmas to the five offices, for which the partnership donated £3,000 (Birmingham were the victors winning £1,000 for their charity; the other offices received £500 each for their respective charities). These were just a couple of the many highlights of a successful fundraising year.

The five beneficiaries of our efforts were:

We don’t stop at fundraising - we support our people in their voluntary work, aiming to embed all types of charitable contributions as a key part of our culture. Activities in the last year have included reading in schools, being school governors and trustees, toy donations, food collections, charity shop collections, foodbank volunteering, and local projects such as the practical clearance work undertaken at Green’s Windmill, a now-restored and working 19th century tower windmill in Nottingham, now part of a science centre.

Our Browne Jacobson Charitable Trust continues to distribute small grants to local organisations nominated by our own people. Beneficiaries are as diverse as New Family Social, who used their grant to train and support volunteers attending the summer camp for adopted and fostered children of LGBT families; and the Friary Drop-in Centre which was supported to launch a new participatory film club for the homeless and vulnerable adults that attend the centre. In total almost £7000 was distributed in the 2016/17 financial year.