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Connecting with our people, clients and wider communities is intrinsic to who we are.

We want to form human and high-performing partnerships that make a difference, that inspire and that promote our chosen UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At the heart of our offering is the Burness Paull Foundation, a registered charity established in 2016 and funded by the firm.

The Foundation's key objective is to promote the charitable work of the firm on a collective basis as well as the individual efforts of employees - making financial awards to help them fundraise for worthwhile causes of their choice.

There are 14 trustees who run the Foundation, supported by Foundation Manager Jackie Robertson.

From Movember moustaches to marathons, swimathons to charity discos, employees have stepped up and taken on challenges to support a staggering 239 charities and counting.

As well as individuals raising funds for causes close to their heart, our team spirit means there are always group fundraising activities on the go too.

From Back to School appeals in each of our three office locations and Wear Red to Work Day to support the British Heart Foundation, or more unusual challenges such as our Easter art competition or Garden Wildlife & Environment Week scavenger hunts, there’s plenty to get involved in.

The Burness Paull Foundation has a formal partnership arrangement with Street Soccer Scotland, building on the longstanding relationship the firm has had with Street Soccer for many years. As well as financial support, we have teamed up with Street Soccer to host tournaments with players and clients, held Street Soccer Business Club events in each of our offices and had staff along to volunteer at training sessions and the annual Gala Dinner.

We are also proud sponsors of the Street Soccer Scotland team at the Homeless World Cup. For the first time in 2021 we also supported Team England in the Homeless World Cup Four Nations Tournament, with the team made up of players from Street Soccer London.

Being part of our community means getting involved and helping where we can, not just through financial support but lending a hand where we can make a difference.

We’re longstanding supporters of the Chapelton Bike Ride, held annually to raise funds for NESS, and some of our Aberdeen team can be found waving participants off at the starting line and handing out medals and refreshments at the end.

Access to nature and outdoor spaces has proven health and wellbeing benefits, and its important we protect these places for our communities. Volunteering with the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, members of our team regularly get involved in projects to maintain the parks and pathways so many enjoy.

As part of our work for housing provider Sanctuary, some of our Glasgow team got involved mentoring a group of five P6/P7 primary pupils from Gowanbank Primary School. We welcomed the children to our office to let them see what the ‘world of work’ is really like, giving them a tour of the office and facilitating participation in a mini legal process.

For all of the pupils this was the first time that they’d been in an office-based environment, and it’s safe to say that they loved it. Our favourite quote from the day: “I know I’m definitely working here when I’m older.” We can’t wait to see them back as an employee in the future!

With “Connected” as one of our Human & High Performing pillars, it feels natural that we should form partnerships with like-minded organisations, those who are as passionate about creativity and giving individuals the space to perform just as we are.

We proudly support Scottish Ballet as their innovation partner. As one of the most innovative national dance companies in the world they push creativity and explore new styles. This reflects our commitment to nurture creativity and tackle problems from a fresh perspective.

Nuart originated in Stavanger, Norway and is widely regarded as the world’s leading celebration of street art. Nuart Aberdeen was the first overseas version of the festival and we have been its principal sponsor since it launched in in 2017. The festival attracts international and well-renowned street artists, and brings local communities together, helping to increase pride in the city. Its effects can be seen and felt not only during the festival period, but for years after. If you’re in Aberdeen, come and see our Nuart mural by Ernest Zacharevic climbing up the wall of our office building.

TEDx is recognised internationally as a grassroots initiative, bringing TED’s original mission to spread “ideas worth sharing” to local communities around the globe. Being part of the innovative, exciting and inspirational TEDx events sparks a raft of new perspectives and ways of thinking. We have partnered with TEDx Glasgow for a number of years and in 2021, were amongst the first partners of the inaugural TEDx Aberdeen.

We are committed to providing pro-bono support to a number of initiatives where we can make a difference.

The Lifescape Project is a groundbreaking charity with a mission to “catalyse the creation, restoration and protection of wild landscapes”. Bringing together science, technology, law, economics and communications, the Landscape Project team have set ambitious targets to drive change, build support for rewilding and species reintroduction, and utilise “natural assets” to achieve ESG and financial return benefits. We are proud to be their Scottish Law Firm Pro-bono partner, advising on the varied and innovative projects they undertake to make a tangible difference to the environment and those who rely on it.