March 24, 2020 @ 9:35 by Richard Dawson
Muckle LLP has been shortlisted for a national award, alongside ITV and Aviva, in recognition of its support for the local community.
The Newcastle-based firm has a long history of supporting charitable cause across the region and actively encourages volunteering by its people to provide free legal advice to those in need.
Muckle’s charity work is coordinated by its community team, made up of people from across the firm.
The award Muckle has been shortlisted for is the CSR Team of the Year award at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards.
Alongside broadcaster ITV and insurer Aviva, finalists in other categories include Asda, Premier Inn and several other large brands.
Each year Muckle donates 1 per cent of its profits to the Community Foundation and in 2019, the firm celebrated that over £500,000 had been awarded to local causes since its fund began.
Each Muckle employee receive two days’ volunteering leave and its lawyers provide thousands of pounds worth of pro bono legal advice to charities each year.
Andy Hillier, business director at award organisers, Third Sector, said: “In these difficult times, it’s good to remind ourselves of all the great work that already happens across the country.
“In the coming weeks and months, we’re going to need more charities and companies to follow the lead of this year’s Business Charity Awards finalists and come together to work for the benefit of society.”
Hugh Welch, senior partner and driving force behind Muckle LLP’s CSR strategy, added: “We are proud and a little surprised to be shortlisted alongside some huge household names.
“These are challenging and very uncertain times, which is why it is so important to remain optimistic and continue to care about the communities in which we live and work.
“There are levels of deprivation in our region that should simply not exist in the 21st century and the current climate makes life even more difficult for charities, communities and vulnerable people.
“I believe that the North East has an inherently caring spirit and I hope that we can pull together and do whatever is necessary to help those in need. However large or small, it all makes a difference.”