Through its Charity the Company provides annual prizes and support to the Armed Services through the company’s contacts with HMS Mersey and the Army Cadets, as well as the Poppy Appeal. There are also annual prizes to scholars of the City of London School for Girls, the City Law School, and the King’s College Centre for Construction Law. The latter two are invited to attend the annual Master’s Lecture in order to receive a certificate and a cheque.
We have donated to the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch which raises money in support of the Soldiers’ Charity. We also contribute a substantial sum to the annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
We regularly provide a two year bursary for an advanced level student at King Edward’s School Witley who select candidates as worthy of support without which they would have to discontinue their studies there.
In alternate years we support the Education Committee’s UK Mediation Skills Competition and their Arbitration Weekend, both of which have proved extremely successful.
Grants are made each year for two Travelling Scholarships by means of an invitation and interview process conducted by the Education and Pupillage Committee, following an initiative by Past Master Professor John Uff CBE QC.
We provided a prize for the Librarian of the Year and a grant for the ‘Reading and Literacy Project in London Schools’ sponsored by the Past Mistress Arbitrator whereby Authors Aloud provide visits by authors to selected schools. We have also supported or are about to support: Team Up’s provision of tutoring in the London Boroughs of Newham and Hackney, the Food Cycle Hub in Islington; computers for the Caritas Anchor House ‘new Homeless Unit’; Spitalfields’ Crypt Trust assistance for the Homeless, the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Blind Armed forces Veterans, the Stepney City Farm, and ‘Mudchute’, a Childrens’ Charity which has a park and farm in East London. There are further initiatives under consideration and about to come to fruition, including a prize-giving initiative for 622 Squadron of the RAF.
The Charity is currently committed to spend £31,450.00 on the foregoing.