Anthony Collins Solicitors is today (Thursday 11 February) revealing the scale of its social impact during 2020.

The purpose-led legal firm, which operates offices in Birmingham and Manchester, has released the findings as part of its annual Social Impact Report which examines its work across sectors including housing, local government, charities, private individuals and social care.

Key findings

  • £1.4 billion raised from funding projects to build up to 7,000 new affordable homes
  • £28 million compensation recovered for private individuals in clinical negligence cases
  • Over £1.9 million worth of publicly funded work undertaken for those financially unable to access legal representation
  • 384 vulnerable children supported to find better living arrangements
  • 63 new charities registered
  • 50 schools supported through the academy conversion process

As well as quantifying the social impact of its work, the report also details some of the critical support the firm has provided to its clients. This includes acting as pro bono advisors to the country’s leading representative body for independent care services, Care England, during the Covid-19 pandemic – guiding the organisation on the legal implications of its response and managing the risks to care providers, staff and services users.

The report also charts the firm’s work with the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Homelessness Taskforce where it helped to establish a new legal approach for reducing evictions and offering vulnerable families across the region increased housing security.

Peter Hubbard, senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said:

“Publishing a Social Impact Report enables us to show how our legal services contribute to improving lives, communities and society. Many of our charitable clients publish similar reports and we believe profit-making businesses should do the same.

“This is our third year of publishing a Social Impact Report. It covers a period which has been extremely difficult, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing economic and social disruption. Despite this, our sector teams have remained resolute in helping our clients to pursue their different missions; whether that be continuing to offer important care services or building more affordable housing.”

Anthony Collins Solicitors’ new Social Impact Report arrives as it gears up to launch a research campaign investigating ethical business practice in the UK.

Peter added:

“We urge other legal firms and wider businesses to recognise the power of working with a clear purpose. Anthony Collins Solicitors is proof that having a clear purpose is a significant driver for commercial success, increasing growth and value, at the same time as delivering life-changing social impact.”

Read Anthony Collins Solicitors latest Social Impact Report.