LK Shields are an official corporate partner to the Haven Partnership, an Irish NGO working to build sustainable communities in Haiti.
We have been heavily involved with Haven since their inaugural trip to Haiti which took place in 2009, one year before the massive earthquake which devastated the country. Gerry Halpenny, partner and head of M&A, participated in the first week long building project. Since then our partnership with this worthy charity has grown.
Each year we send at least one volunteer to Haiti to participate in the annual Build Week. The firm covers the cost of the trip and we ask the volunteer/s to raise additional funds for Haven Projects. Saadi Siddiky from our EU, Competition and Regulated Markets team travelled to Haiti in April. Prior to his departure he organised some excellent fundraising activities including a comedy night at the Laughter Lounge.
LK Shields are long time supporters of the Calcutta Run and send a team of runners to participate every year.
This year, all our runners successfully crossed the finish line and raised money for a very worthy cause by collecting sponsorship on the day and by organising a number of fundraising events.
The team, led by Muireann Granville, organised a cake sale, BBQ and raffle with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust and the Hope Foundation.
The Firm has supported Dress for Success Dublin since its inception in 2011 through pro-bono legal services.
One of our partners, Seanna Mulrean sits on the board of this charity. Dress For Success is an international charity which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
The Firm supports our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services who provide specialist care for people with a wide range of needs from rehabilitation to end of life care. Care is provided both on-site in Harold’s Cross Hospice and Blackrock Hospice as well as in the local community to over 1,500 individuals every year.
This year, the Firm also took part in Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning, the main annual fundraising event to raise much needed funds for local hospice services.
The Firm has initiated a “Go Green” campaign in the office which culminated in a firm-wide efiling project that has dramatically reduced the amount of paper used in the office. In addition, we actively manage our recycling efforts and run a ‘lights out’ when not use in policy which applies to all electrical devices and lights in all offices and boardrooms.
LK Shields acted for Irish charity Front Line Defenders on a pro-bono basis in the transition of their activities from operating under the terms of a trust deed to operating through an Irish company.
Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work for such a worthy cause. Front Line Defenders has grown to be able to support human rights defenders across the world. We gladly donated our expertise at LK Shields to assist with the transition of Front Line Defenders to its new vehicle and we wish Front Line Defenders the greatest success in growing their reach and charitable endeavours into the future.”
Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves.