Fieldings Porter Solicitors has long been involved in its community; its work, social and recreational sides. Allied with the charity law advice and assistance we provide, in recent years we have tried to make the most of these combinations.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club
We have been supporters of and provided legal advice and assistance to the club for many years and are pleased to be able to show our patronage on our website. We continue to be involved with the club, most recently our 5-a-side team reached the semi-final of the competition held at their Hacken Lane facility.
Age UK Bolton
For many years now Fieldings Porter has been a member of Age UK Bolton’s Legal Advice Service. Every two months one of our experienced solicitors attends Age UK Bolton at The Square, 53-55 Victoria Square, Bolton to offer free and confidential advice on all legal matters affecting older people. Newly qualified solicitor Claire Richardson who attended the most recent advice clinic said “The majority of enquiries relate to information and advice about making a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney but we have also advised on a range of other legal issues including neighbour and land disputes”. The Legal Advice Service allows us to offer advice and assistance to vulnerable people who may not otherwise have access to that information and is a great way to build relationships in the local community.
For details of the next Legal Advice Clinic or if you would like to arrange an appointment please contact Age UK Bolton http://www.ageuk.org.uk/bolton/
Fieldings Porter’s Family Department operates a monthly pro bono drop in clinic for the residents of a local mother and baby unit run by Caritas Bolton to offer advice on a range of family law issues. This reinforces the link with Caritas which the firm has had for many years and provides access to initial family law advice for the residents in areas where often no public funding (legal aid) is available.
Manchester University Legal Advice Centre and vacation scheme
As part of Fieldings Porter's work in the community and as part of our acknowledged role in social responsibility, Jane Nicholls, Emma Savage, Chloe Ward, Pamela Donnellan, Nicole Thornley and Michelle Waite have all participated in Manchester University’s Legal Advice vacation scheme and continue to do so. They have all supervised a pair of students interviewing clients in their respective areas of law, covering family, crime, civil disputes and housing issues. Following the consultations our solicitors sign off letters of advice to each of the clients shortly after the meetings. The clients were all seen at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester where the Manchester University's Legal Advice Centre has a project called “Manchester Free Legal Help”. We are pleased to have been involved in this partnership for many months since early 2014 with others from our team assisting too and we provide our services free of charge or pro bono and wish the venture every success.
Canon Slade Internship Scheme and Annual Careers Convention
Since 2011 Fieldings Porter has been running a mini-internship scheme with pupils from Canon Slade Sixth Form in Bolton. The scheme offers up to two pupils the opportunity to come to the firm for two weeks over the summer holidays. During this time the pupils usually spend time with our Family, Criminal and Commercial teams as well as, on occasion, our Wills & Probate team. They are set ‘tasks’ in each department and are provided with a reference at the end of their internship. This can be used for university applications, obtaining further work experience etc.
Pupils apply formally by way of CV and covering letter (through the school) and are then interviewed by a member of our firm and a member of staff from the school.
What some of our previous interns have said:
“I am very grateful for the opportunity and have learnt a great deal about the legal profession and working in a legal environment. It has been an experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed.” (2015)
“I feel like I have gained a lot from the experience”. (2014)
Canon Slade Careers Convention – this is for years 9 to sixth form (year 13) and held annually in November. We have had a presence there for 5 years now, latterly on 24 November 2016. Pamela Donnellan, as a former pupil and deputy head girl, has been the firm’s attendee and says “It’s always a pleasure to meet prospective local law students and their family. I think the event is a good way of informing them about life as a solicitor and a career in law.”
Fieldings Porter Walk to Work September 20112011 actually marked the 140th anniversary of our practice. As part of the commemorations the firm arranged a number of events, one of which was to do a sponsored Walk to Work.
In essence Craig Morris one of the Partners and his colleague Clive Monaghan began the walk in Gretna on Monday 12th September and arrived at our office here in Silverwell Street on Friday 23rd September. The route in part followed the Settle to Carlisle railway line through the Yorkshire Dales and was estimated at just over 140 miles from start to finish.
Mon 12th Sept Gretna to Carlisle 10.86 miles
Tue 13th Carlisle to Armathwaite 9.43 miles
Wed 14th Armathwaite to Culgaith 14.01 miles
Thur 15th Culgaith to Appelby 10.43 miles
Fri 16th Appleby to Ravenstondale 13.06 miles
Sat 17th Ravenstondale to Garsdale Head 11.38 miles
Sun 18th Garsdale Head to Horton-in-R 17.4 miles
Mon 19th Horton –in R to Long Preston 10.2 miles
Tues 20th Long Preston to Slaidburn 9.8 miles
Wed 21st Slaidburn to Hurst Green 12.5 miles
Thur 22nd Hurst Green to Chorley 17.1 miles
We raised just over £5,000 . The amount was divided and given to the Bolton Hospice, Bolton Crossroads, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Birtenshaw School and St Luke’s Church Drop in Centre.
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