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Colleagues and Community – Autumn 2019

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25/11/2019

From charity events to client training and more… our Colleagues and Community bulletin celebrates Walker Morris’ achievements and investments, both in and out of the office

Charity of the Year

Walker Morris’ Head of Banking & Finance Litigation, Louise Power, is also the firm’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.  Banking & Finance litigation specialist Christina Gill is Chair of the firm’s Charity Committee.  Louise and Christina are proud to confirm that, last year, the firm raised £17,537 for the firm’s charity of the year, Sunshine and Smiles, a Leeds-based, parent-led charity providing support for children and young people who have Down Syndrome, and their families.

Continuing our commitment to supporting the incredibly worthwhile causes which have either impacted directly on the lives of our colleagues or that they passionately support, we are delighted to announce that Walker Morris’ nominated charity for the coming year is mental health support network, Andys Man Club.

The firm already has a number of fun events planned to help raise funds for this important cause, including a Christmas Advent raffle, Christmas fair, a trainee challenge and the infamous Christmas Jumper day!  Further charity and CSR events will also follow over the coming months.

Charity Bake-offs

Across the course of the Great British Bake Off, the Banking & Finance Litigation team and Recoveries took part in the Great Charity Bake Off. Each person picked a baker’s name from a hat. When their baker left they had to bring in a bake. Over £100.00 was raised across the challenge for the firm’s charity!

Client and colleague training

In line with the Banking & Finance Litigation team’s commitment to being the most regulatory-aware team in the industry, and to providing clients and, crucially, their customers, with the best possible service at all times, Christina Gill attended the UK Finance briefing on mortgages on 24 October and Rebecca Calland is shortly due to attend a course about vulnerable adults.  Christina and Rebecca will share the valuable know-how gained, so that the whole of the team can benefit.

Talented young artists presented with prizes for the 25th anniversary Calendar Painting Competition

We presented 41 children and 8 schools with their prizes at our Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition on Saturday 16 November.

This was a very special presentation ceremony as not only was it the 25th anniversary Calendar but also the first presentation ceremony at our new office at 33 Wellington Street.

The winning paintings were chosen from over 2500 entries from schools across the Yorkshire and Humber regions. The 13 winners, one for each month of the year, plus the coveted front cover, were all presented with a hamper full of artists materials as well as a cheque for their school for £250. The 28 runners-up also received an art prize. Also, in a surprise coincidence, two of our runners-up were twins!

All proceeds of sale of the Calendars go to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People. Martin House provides family-led care for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families throughout the life of their child, and in bereavement

Calendars are now on sale for £6.00 with all monies raised going to Martin House. Please contact the Walker Morris Marketing Department tel: +44 (0)113 283 2500.

Winning artwork from Leeds Arts University students installed in law firm’s distinctive new client meeting rooms

The client meeting rooms in our new offices have been brought to life with the installation of 13 winning original works of art.

As part of our continued and long-standing investment in the arts, we launched an innovative competition, in partnership with Leeds Arts University, to commission 13 pieces of original artwork for our new offices.

Students from across the Leeds Arts University’s disciplines were challenged to design a piece of art with a ‘distinctive’ theme to reflect the Firm’s reputation as a distinctive commercial law firm.

In a surprise coincidence, Leeds Arts University student, Tamzin Jebson, whose artwork is installed across two walls in the Walker Morris Boardroom, was previously a winner in the Firm’s annual Children’s Charity Calendar Paining Competition.

Winning Leeds Arts University student, Tamzin won the 2009 Calendar Competition when she was just 7 years old! Tamzin is now studying for a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Leeds Arts University and has secured a place at Goldsmiths University of London.

Walker Morris has a long heritage of investing and celebrating the arts, often collaborating with artists, art schools and artistic young children in competitions to enable art to be more accessible to the broader community. The Firm’s arts projects range from its grass-roots annual Children’s Charity Calendar Competition, to sponsorship of national art exhibitions such as bringing the Turner exhibition to Yorkshire, supporting the inaugural exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery, Damian Hirst’s exhibition, ‘Artist Rooms’, at Leeds Art Gallery and Ashley Jackson’s ‘Framing the Landscape’ collection at the Mall Gallery in London to name but a few.

Wellbeing Week

Walker Morris recently had its first ever Wellbeing Week!

Organised by the Employee Forum, the week was packed with activities and interactive sessions to help continue our drive to improving employee wellbeing.

A variety of external companies were invited to come in and offer employees advice on a range of health and wellbeing as well as promoting an overall awareness of the various aspects of wellbeing including social, physical, community and environmental.

We had sessions from the WM Support Squad, L1 Performance gave a talk centred around nutrition, Snap Fitness offered Boditrax Consultations, there were free yoga sessions and a Q&A with Claire Dambawinna and the Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic held a number of body stability sessions. We also had Firehouse Fitness and the Crowne Plaza Spirit Healthclub offering discounts, a Leeds Canal lunchtime walk and Song Thai Massage also popped in!

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