Supporting the local community is one of the building blocks of the James Legal philosophy. In the past few years, the leading law firm has provided free legal surgeries, participated in cultural events such as Hull Pride, and donated its time, services and sponsorship to a variety of worthy causes in Hull and East Yorkshire (not to mention organising an annual Inspiring Business competition and seminars to support local businesses).
One charity that holds a special place in the James Legal team’s hearts is Dove House Hospice, based in Hull’s Chamberlain Road, which provides outstanding care for people living with life-limiting illnesses.
This is partly as a result of the team’s own contact with the charity, but also because of the many great things their clients and their relatives have told them about the exceptional palliative care given by the charity, including the way it strives to ensure people in its care have as good a quality of life as possible in sometimes very difficult circumstances.
Dove House relies on funds raised locally, and when it first approached James Legal to take place in its ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ fundraiser back in 2013, the lawyers were more than happy to do so and have continued to support the initiative every September since.
The way the scheme works is that clients can ask James Legal to prepare a basic Will for them and, instead of charging them a fee, the company gives its Will-making service for free and asks the client to make a donation to Dove House instead in line with what the fees would have been.
Senior Solicitor Chris Hutchinson – who specialises in legal matters such as Wills and estate planning – took the lead for the James Legal effort this year. He said: “It’s been another resounding success. We’ve raised a significant amount over the years for the charity, while simultaneously giving our clients the peace of mind that their Will has been securely drawn up by an experienced lawyer.
“Dove House is such an incredible charity, it touches so many people’s lives in the local community. It’s an honour for us to be involved in its Make a Will Fortnight, and we feel very proud to be able to support Dove House in any way we can.”
Some members of the James Legal team have visited the hospice to present their donations and also witness their amazing work with patients and their families.
Dove House Hospice Regional Fundraiser Jethro Shearring said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of all at James Legal. Chris and the team have been passionate supporters of the hospice for a number of years and consistently go the extra mile on behalf of our patients. It was a pleasure to show Chris and his colleagues around the hospice earlier this year, as they saw first-hand the difference their support has made.”
To date, James Legal has written a substantial number of ‘free’ Wills in collaboration with numerous charities, helping them to benefit from thousands of pounds in donations as well as significant amounts left in legacies.
James Legal Founder and CEO, Nick Miller, said: “Our mantra is centred on taking a fresh approach to law. One of the most important elements of that is actively participating in the life of the city in which we’re based.
“Our team are passionate about giving something back and regularly engage in or create opportunities to support local organisations to help enhance the lives of people in Hull and East Yorkshire.”
Anyone interested in making a Will can contact James Legal for a no-obligation initial chat via firstname.lastname@example.org or (01482) 225566.
For more information about Dove House Hospice, visit www.dovehouse.org.uk