At Macnabs, our corporate social responsibility programme is an important part of who we are.
We have a strong track record of supporting our local communities and helping causes that are close to people’s hearts.
Macnabs has taken part in Will Aid, a will-writing campaign where lawyers generously give up their time for free to write Wills for local people in exchange for a donation, for 9 years now, raising a fantastic £54,361 to date.
Will Aid is a charity scheme that takes place every November and raises money for nine charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, Sightsavers, Age UK, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).
The Betty Ross Trust
The Betty Ross Trust is a registered charity and provides assistance to the elderly, the disabled and those in need, in the Perthshire area. This can be through the provision of funding or other assistance, such as equipment and help so that people remain in their own home for as long as possible. Funding and help is available both to organisations and individuals and the Trust hopes to be able to distribute £35,000 - £40,000 annually. Partner Alan Roughead administers the Trust for the Trustees of the Betty Ross Foundation.
Perthshire Women’s Aid
Perthshire Women’s Aid is a charity supporting women, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. It provides confidential support, information and access to temporary accommodation. Jane McNicol, an Associate in our Court team, is a Director and Trustee of the charity.
The Scottish Child Law Centre
The Scottish Child Law Centre is an independent charitable organisation, based in Edinburgh, which provides a free legal advice service on all aspects of Scots law relating to children and young people throughout the whole of Scotland. It is the only Law Centre in Scotland that works exclusively for children and young people. Clair Cranston, a Senior Solicitor in the Macnabs family law team volunteers with the charity, providing free legal advice on child related matters.
Aberuthven & District Community Trust
The Aberuthven & District Community Trust was established in 2008 to distribute monies to charitable groups and organisations which provide a benefit to people living in Aberuthven, Aberuthven, and Glendevon.
Partner Stuart Hunter is a Trustee of the Aberuthven & District Community Trust and in 2018 he plans to fundraise for The Soldiers Charity (by doing the 54 miles in a day Cateran Yomp) and for Mercy Corps and Mary's Meals (by doing, for the 3rd time in 4 years, the Kindrochit Quadrathlon).
Pro bono and Fundraising
Getting involved in pro bono and community work is an important part of what we do and gives our people the chance to share their knowledge and experience on local programmes and community causes. Macnabs provides legal services for free to numerous local initiatives, such as carrying out the legal work for Aberuthven Gymnastics Club advising on various issues such as premises, constitution and structure.
Our staff volunteer for numerous organisations including the Central Baptist Church, Scripture Union and the tea bar at the Perth Sheriff Court which is run by volunteers and raises funds for CHAS (it has raised over £76,000 to date).
As a firm, we also support various charities and fundraising efforts carried out by our staff and clients throughout the year and are currently supporting both Perth Autism Support and The Lighthouse for Perth, a non-profit organisation for people in crisis, offering support to teenagers and adults struggling with their mental health or emotions.
Scottish Living Wage
The real Living Wage is currently £8.75 per hour, and is based on cost of living. As a responsible business practice Macnabs wants to go further than the government minimum. 467,000 people in Scotland don't earn the real Living Wage, and 182,000 children in Scotland live in poverty despite having one person in their household in work. It is important for us as a firm to help reduce poverty in our country and we are currently working towards our Scottish Living Wage accreditation.
We are committed to doing business responsibly and are determined to reduce our carbon footprint. From telephone and video conferencing, to working towards a paperless environment, to recycling our waste, Macnabs aims to reduce any damaging effects on the environment from our business' processes.