Contributing to our Community
As a firm, and as individuals working at Prettys solicitors in Ipswich and Chelmsford, we are committed to the communities in which we work and play an active role in them.
We believe law firms in Essex and Suffolk should support and participate in a wide range of community projects and charities. We work closely with schools, colleges and universities, and provide work placement experience to many students.
We also offer extensive pro bono support to many local individuals and organisations during November’s National Pro Bono week and throughout the year. We also work hard to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations.
Prettys is proud to support and sponsor local and national charities, including the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk and the Papworth trust in Cambridge, amongst others detailed below and in our Corporate Social Responsibility newsletters.
"We are most grateful to Prettys for the kind donation towards our Tackling Discrimination in the East project. The money will be used to continue to give vital legal advice and casework for local victims of unlawful discrimination of any kind to help them get justice and access to work and services. Our clients are mostly the working poor, many of them disabled and cannot afford to pay a lawyer to assist them. Prettys have always been very supportive of all our Law Advice Centre work and several of their staff are among our 70 legal volunteers" - Audrey Ludwig, Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE)
Some of our fundraising and community projects:
Head of CSR
t 01473 298228
Ian is Prettys’ Head of CSR and has been involved in CSR work since his University days of helping organise a soup run for homeless people in Nottingham.
Ian is particularly keen on ensuring that the firm’s fee earners utilise their legal skills to provide free advice and assistance to those for whom publicly funded legal assistance is no longer available; and in fostering links with local educational institutions through mentoring and assistance with student-run advice clinics.
A keen cyclist, Ian is often to be found trawling the corridors of the Prettys’ offices looking for volunteers for sponsored tandem rides.
CSR Co-ordinator / Education
t 01245 295265
Craig has been involved in pro bono and CSR work throughout his academic and professional career. Craig participated in student mentoring schemes during his time at the University of Essex and was responsible for mentoring groups of first year students.
Since joining Prettys in July 2013, Craig has continued to assist in mentoring schemes for students, assisting and advising on their professional development. As of September 2015 Craig has taken over the role of Education Co-ordinator and is responsible for the firm’s involvement in various mentoring schemes.
Craig has had the role of CSR Co-ordinator since September 2014 and has assisted in the organisation of the CSR Committee and its associated activities.
In addition to this, Craig regularly advises on matters on a pro bono basis. Craig has taken part in a number of Legal Advice Clinics arranged by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE). Craig has also assisted a charity through the LawWorks scheme, resulting in the successful resolution of a property dispute.
Please do not hesitate to contact Craig with any suggestions or queries in relation to the education programme.
CSR Co-ordinator / Pro bono
t 01473 298210
Cicely has been involved in CSR fundraising efforts and pro bono work since starting her legal career with Prettys. Throughout her time at Cardiff University, Cicely worked with Innocence Network UK, a charitable organisation seeking to help those that have suffered miscarriages of criminal justice.
Cicely has had the role of CSR co-ordinator since September 2015 and continues to assist in organising Prettys’ frequent fundraising efforts.
Cicely also regularly advises on matters on a pro bono basis in the local community, particularly for the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE).
Please do not hesitate to contact Cicely with any queries in relation to the CSR committee’s work.
Charities & Community Projects
t 01473 298250
Whilst studying at Reading University, Lyndsey was involved with a pro bono project called ‘StreetLaw’. This involved visiting local secondary schools to educate pupils on their legal awareness of the law and the legal system. The role consisted of providing lessons, group sessions and presentations. During Lyndsey’s degree at Reading University, she also helped pupils get involved and prepare arguments for a debating competition.
Since joining Prettys as a trainee in September 2015, Lyndsey has worked with the CSR committee on various projects. These have included giving pro bono legal advice through the Law Advice Clinic run by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE). This enables those who are unable to afford legal fees to have access to advice on their rights and potential legal remedies.
As Charity Co-orindator, Lyndsey has also been involved in efforts for local and national charities. Previously, she has helped organise a Halloween fundraising event in order to raise money for the Sunrise Appeal at Ipswich Hospital.
Christmas was a particuarly busy period for charities; Lyndsey was involved in organising a Christmas Bake Off to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice and a Christmas collection for Kids Inspire. The firm also took part in Save the Children’s Christmas Knit to show their support.
Lyndsey’s role also includes organising fundraising activities for the Papworth Trust and the firm’s involvement in the Ipswich and London Legal Walks. Please do not hesitate to contact Lyndsey with any questions or queries relating to charities and community projects.
Charities & Community Projects / Pro Bono
t 01473 298368
Whilst studying at Hull University, Melissa was involved with pro bono work, working with children at the crucial age of 16-18, ensuring that they are informed of their legal rights and obligations just before they head out into the adult world.
Melissa has remained actively involved with pro bono work through BPP University’s Street Law programme when studying the LPC and also through volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Ipswich as a Gateway Assessor.
Since joining Prettys as a trainee in September 2015, Melissa has worked with the CSR committee on various projects. These have included giving pro bono legal advice through the Law Advice Clinic run by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE). This enables those who are unable to afford legal fees to have access to advice regarding their rights and potential legal remedies.
Melissa has also been involved in efforts for local and national charities, includingthe Ipswich Housing Association Group and the Chapman Centre, who provide many fantastic services to the homeless in the Ipswich area. Melissa jointly coordinated a collection for items that would be most useful to them and monetary donations for the charity. There was a brilliant response within the firm and we had to make two trips!
Please do not hesitate to contact Melissa with any queries in relation to pro bono or charities and community projects.
Newsletter & Publications / Education
t 01473 298214
Michael is a joint co-ordinator for both Prettys’ CSR newsletter and for its educational programme.
Before joining Prettys as a trainee solicitor in September 2015, Michael volunteered as a gateway assessor with Ipswich Citizens Advice Bureau for four years. In this role he interviewed clients to explore the problems they faced and identified the appropriate next steps for them.
He now regularly volunteers at the Law Advice Clinic run by Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE), where he has advised clients on the enforceability of a commercial loan, compliance with a suspended possession order and rights under the Sale of Goods Act 1979. He has also jointly co-ordinated a collection for Ipswich Housing Action Group (IHAG), baked to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice and the Papworth Trust and taken part in the Ipswich Legal Walk.
Please do not hesitate to contact Michael with any queries or suggestions relating to newsletter and publications or the educational programme.
t 01473 298218
Anna has been involved in pro bono work throughout her academic career. Anna has previously participated in a student mentoring scheme during her time at the University of Birmingham, which involved mentoring a group of first year Law students throughout the course of their first year.
Anna joined Prettys in September 2016. She is the joint co-ordinator for Pretty’s CSR newsletter. Anna also participates in local pro bono projects, such as the Law Advice Clinic run by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE). This enables those who are unable to afford legal fees to have access to advice on their rights and potential legal remedies.
Charities & Community Projects/ Pro bono
t 01245 295264
Whilst studying at Queen Mary University of London, Abbie was part of the university’s pro bono society as well as partaking in a variety of charity work outside of her studies, including volunteering at the local dog rescue centre as well as assisting staff at local elderly community projects.
Since joining Prettys in September 2016, Abbie has joined both the charities and community projects programme as well as assisting on the pro bono programme. She has already taken part in the Prettys Bake Off, where the funds raised will be sent to a charity of the star baker’s choice.
Abbie is looking forward to being able to provide pro bono legal advice through the Law Advice Clinic run by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE).
Please do not hesitate to contact Abbie with any suggestions or queries in relation to the charities and communities projects programme or the pro bono programme.
CSR Co-ordinator - Education
t 01473 298271
Since joining Prettys in September 2016 as a trainee Solicitor, Siân has joined the Education programme and assists in organising the firm’s involvement in various mentoring schemes with local universities and schools.
Prior to working at Prettys, Siân volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau and has undertaken many fundraising activities, including contributing to the founding of ‘Kids in the Middle’. ‘Kids in the Middle’ is a charity focussed on providing support to all members of a family within a relationship breakdown, through information and reassurance provided from other young people.
Additionally, Siân will be providing pro-bono legal advice through the Legal Advice Clinic organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE). This service enables those who are unable to afford legal fees to have access to advice on their rights and potential legal remedies.
Please do not hesitate to contact Siân with any suggestions or queries in relation to the education programme.