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McDowell Purcell

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McDowell Purcell’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme: McDowell Purcell is committed to creating an environment in which our staff can achieve their full potential. Our people are our most important asset and the firm recognises that in order for us to succeed we need to both attract and retain talented people who enjoy their work and wholeheartedly adopt our friendly, professional, results-driven culture. The firm has adopted a number of initiatives within the workplace in relation to our employees:

  • Staff Development and Training: We provide internal and external training and learning support to each individual.
  • Staff involvement at all levels: Staff are involved in the improvement of services within the firm whether it be through, for example, the development of our IT services or the expansion of our knowledge base.
  • An open plan layout: Everyone sits in open plan, including the Partners. This provides an inclusive environment and encourages open communication throughout the firm.

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our larger corporate responsibility strategy. McDowell Purcell is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone can succeed in achieving his or her personal and professional goals. We believe the varied backgrounds and the combined talent of each of our employees fully enriches our business. We recruit and reward all our staff, both legal and administrative, based on capability and performance, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, or physical ability.

Pro Bono: We consider our pro bono activities to be a key part of our professional responsibility.
McDowell Purcell works in partnership with the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), a professional referral scheme, which matches our legal skills to specific legal assistance requirements from non-governmental organisations, law centres and community organisations.

A number of our trainee solicitors also participate in Street Law, an initiative run by the Law Society of Ireland, designed to teach students from disadvantaged schools about law in a practical way, while developing the skills of our trainee solicitors.

The firm has also recently provided pro bono advice to the Bar Council Scheme and Value Added in Africa.
Our Solicitors also participate in the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realisation of equal access to justice for all.

Fundraising: McDowell Purcell is committed to making a positive contribution to the Dublin Community. Our employees are making a difference by volunteering and supporting a large number of charities throughout the year, and some of our most recent fundraising activities include:

  • Focus Ireland: Our staff took part in a series of fundraising activities in September 2017 raising €7,500 of vital funds for Focus Ireland.
  • The Calcutta Run: Through our ongoing sponsorship and participation in the event on an annual basis, vital funds have been raised for the Peter McVerry Trust, the Hope Foundation and Goal.
Annually the Firm undertakes a number of fundraising coffee mornings, bake sales and collections on behalf of the Cancer Society, St. Vincent de Paul and Ba

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