On Saturday 30th September 2023 the Mercers’ team traded their usual office attire for walking boots and embarked on a 25-kilometre charity walk to raise funds for their 2023 charity partner, The Chiltern Centre. Armed with water bottles, Mercers gilets and enthusiasm, the team gathered at Purley-on-Thames to begin the walk. The chosen route stretched […]
Corporate Social Responsibility
At Mercers Solicitors we take our corporate responsibility seriously and have proactive policies towards our employees, clients, the wider community and the environment.
As a firm we have taken several positive steps to ensure that we are not only environmentally sustainable for now, but for the future.
We have taken steps to ensure that we are more environmentally friendly and this has included some of the following:
- Sourcing our electricity from 100% renewable sources
- Installing energy efficient light bulbs in every room in our office
- Stopping the purchase of plastic milk bottles, instead using glass bottles
- Switching to bamboo-based toilet and kitchen roll in the office
- Switching to Ecover cleaning sprays
- Switching to a B Corp certified supplier for our office supplies
- Encouraging a paper free office, with files stored electronically
- Minimising unnecessary staff travel with online training and meeting facilities
We have become members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, giving us access to tools and resources to reduce our Carbon Footprint and to become more environmentally aware. In 2022 we reduced our carbon footprint by more than 40% and we will strive to do more for our planet.
Our environmental policy is reviewed each year, and we are constantly looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly.
Having been a part of the local community for nearly 200 years, it is important that we continue to support local causes and have a positive impact on those around us.
Aside of our close work with local Charities, we continue to support community events and strive to support both our clients and employees with causes that are important to them.
Henley & District Agricultural Association
Each year we are delighted to support the Henley & District Agricultural Association with the much-loved Henley Show and Ploughing match. We get involved at the Henely Show by awarding the Mercers’ trophy to a worthy winner in the horse showjumping class.
Henley Royal Regatta
Each year we get involved with the Royal Henley Regatta, embracing those that come to Henley-on-Thames to celebrate all things rowing! Not forgetting the importance of giving back to our team, we enjoy a day by the river and often a boat trip!
Townlands Memorial Hospital
In summer 2023, the firm donated a number of new benches to the local Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley-on-Thames. The firm was commended for its donation, and employees attended the unveiling of the new benches, enjoying a slice of cake with Mary Berry.
Oxfordshire Young Farmers
We were pleased to support the Oxfordshire Young Farmers with the annual County Show, taking place in Henley-on-Thames. Employees got involved by taking part in judging, attending the event and assisting with the much-needed funding.
Mercers’ Charity Partner for 2024 is Thames Hospice.
Thames Hospice is a Charity close to the hearts of the team at Mercers, but also to our families, friends and clients. We take great pride in supporting Thames Hospice and look forward to collaborating throughout 2024.
Thames Hospice provide dignity and comfort to those facing a terminal illness, including support through palliative and end-of-life care services. Their services are free of charge to all those in our community who need vital hospice care and this is only made possible through the charitable support and generosity of the local community.
Alongside their inpatient and Hospice at Home services, they also offer wellbeing support including day therapies, counselling and pastoral care, complementary therapy, physiotherapy and Lymphoedema services. They also have a 24-hour telephone advice line available to patients, carers and healthcare professionals to provide guidance on symptom control, practical advice and emotional support.
We look forward to supporting the incredible work that Thames Hospice carry out on a daily basis. We would be delighted if you could help us to support them, by making a donation today.
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Our Charity Partner for 2023 was the Chiltern Centre. The Chiltern Centre is a purpose-built care home offering a range of services to young people with learning difficulties that empower them to live life to the full.
The Chiltern Centre was founded in 2004 as a registered charity for disabled children, initially set up by parents and supporters of local children with disabilities. For many years these services provided valuable respite to the families of children and young people with disabilities locally.
In September 2023 several of members of our team completed a Thames Path walk and you can read more about it here. With more fundraising to follow, keep an eye out for our next event!
Our Charity Partner for the year 2021 was the Charlie Waller Trust. We raised £4,500 for the Trust, based in Berkshire, which was set up by Sir Mark and Lady Waller, in memory of their son Charlie, who sadly took his own life whilst suffering from depression.
Senior Partner, Peter Hopkins, completed the London Marathon in 2018, raising over £3,000 for the local Sue Ryder hospice. In the past we have supported a wide variety of different charities, hosting fundraising events to raise money. Some of these charities included Guide Dogs For The Blind, Cancer Research, Hearing Dogs For The Deaf and the British Heart Foundation.
Equality Diversity and Inclusion
We encourage an ethos of equality, diversity and inclusion.
We strive to support all those involved in our business, creating a positive culture in which you can grow.
We perform a regular exercise to collect data on the diversity of our staff.
Professional Indemnity Cover
Mercers Solicitors are covered by professional indemnity insurance that far exceeds the Minimum Terms of Cover required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
All our work, in all jurisdictions is covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance issued by QBE UK Limited, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BD
Corporate Social Responsibility is of great importance to us. We know and understand that as a well-established local firm we have responsibilities to the community in which we work and to the wider public community.
In addition, we are committed to treating all of our employees and clients with respect, no matter how they identify or their ethnic or social background.
We are committed to supporting the development of all our employees and improving their quality of life wherever we can. Mercers Solicitors encourages a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The firm has a dynamic environmental policy and strives, wherever possible to have a minimum impact on the environment.
To support the local area wherever possible we use local businesses and suppliers to provide us with goods and services such as printing, maintenance, marketing merchandise, IT support and many more vital areas that keeps Mercers Solicitors running smoothly.
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