Corporate Responsibility Awards

The firm showcases and celebrates the range of Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiatives undertaken by our people across the firm at an annual CR Awards event.

In June 2018 we hosted a very successful CR Awards event in the London office where we were joined by over 100 colleagues, clients and community partners.

The winners of this year’s CR Awards recognise partners and colleagues who have led the way in their team, office and/or community in significant and innovative ways.

We have detailed the inspiring contributions made by our CR Award winners below:

Contribution to Diversity - Partner Champion

Amanda Lees 

Amanda is the Straight Ally representative in the Singapore office. In 2017, Amanda joined the InterAlia Network, on behalf of the firm. The network aims to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the corporate world in Singapore and provide LGBT professionals and allies in the legal sector in Singapore with a platform for networking.

Amanda has attended and shared communication about InterAlia events with the Singapore office. Amanda has successfully engaged the Singapore office with an LGBT Network in what can be a challenging jurisdiction for LGBT rights.

Contribution to Diversity - Individual Award

Fabio Lanzillotta

Fabio has helped to develop a series of innovative events to celebrate diversity over the past year and raise the profile of diversity & inclusion across the Milan office. This has included an LGBT specific training session, a Gender Balance Seminar and a coffee and cake charity event on International Women’s Day to raise money for young girls in reception centers in Italy. Fabio has also encouraged colleagues to engage with external diversity events, often sharing information about sector initiatives.

Contribution to Pro Bono - International Human Rights and Rule of Law

Eve Emery, Josephine Rendall-Neal, Katherine Lam, Nishkaam Paul, Romain Girard, Stephen Lock, Eddie Gibbons and Shivaun Chandiramani, led by Lawyer Charlotte Carrington

The team advised Child Soldiers (CSI) in relation to an online global report relating to the application of international laws pertaining to the recruitment of child soldiers.

“Researching, analysing and verifying more than 10,000 data points contained in the World Index required a great team effort and we are extremely thankful for the pro bono support we received from Simmons & Simmons” - Rachel Taylor, Director of Programmes at Child Soldiers International.

Contribution to Pro Bono - Social Responsibility

Karen Stuart and Dan Gritten

Karen and Dan gave 62 hours and 22 hours of their time respectively advising for Bearpit Bristol, a community organisation formed to clean up the Bearpit in Bristol a large sunken roundabout area notorious for drug dealing and violence. This included attending Bristol City Council meetings to set up a new Community Interest Company to replace the old tarnished CIC and giving employment advice.

Contribution to Environment

The Environment Committee

The Environment Committee meet regularly to measure the firm’s impact on the environment, and to identify new ways in which they can commit to reducing our impact on the environment as part of our wider corporate responsibility objectives. This year the Environment Committee worked together in an attempt to increase employee engagement and raise awareness of single use disposables.

Contribution to Social Inclusion – Individual Award

Deborah Aboro

Debbie’s ongoing commitment to the firm’s Young Talent Programme is invaluable, she has taken an active role as supervisor for students as well as personally mentoring the students year after year. Debbie provides the students with a good insight into the role of the Finance Department and ensures each student sits with each member of the team to get a full perspective of what the Accounts Payable team do.

Contribution to Social Inclusion - Team Award

Paul Tjiam, Victoria den Haring and Martijn Stuart

Paul, Victoria and Martijn developed ‘Simmons Cares’ in our Amsterdam office and engaged 25 colleagues to support students each month with their homework. The team displayed great determination creating a new CR programme and have assisted their fellow colleagues to use their own skills to make a demonstrable impact on student’s education and lives.

Contribution to Pro Bono

David Sandy

David has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Access to Justice Programme. Not only has he taken on his own cases under the Programme but he has continued to supervise and support the Programme from the offset, engaging wider support and contributing to its sustainability. In addition, David has also been a significant contributor to the firm’s international land rights practice in jurisdictions including Liberia, the Solomon islands and Colombia, where he gained and applied a significant expertise in international human rights law. David has also regularly assisted our charitable clients, such as the RNIB, with resolution of disputes.