Pro Bono is part of our core practice as a firm.
We treat our pro bono clients as we do our paying clients and support all our lawyers to get involved - at all levels of seniority and whatever their area of expertise. We provide free legal advice to help disadvantaged groups get access to justice and to support charities and social enterprises providing vital services.
- We train and deploy our lawyers for 2-week secondments to the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos to help asylum-seekers navigate the asylum process.
- We were the first commercial law firm in the UK to launch a pro bono legal clinic by webcam to reach people outside London where pro bono help is scarce. Our webcam project - Highly Commended at the LawWorks Awards 2019 - has provided the basis for us and other firms to run pro bono advice clinics during the COVID-19 shutdown.
- A partner-led team from across our UK offices represents disabled people at the First-Tier Tribunal to appeal the withdrawal of disability benefits.
We provide free commercial legal advice for a wide range of small charities and innovative social enterprises. Recently we have worked pro bono for:
- A domestic violence shelter to secure a new lease of premises
- A charity supporting blind and visually impaired people to manage the sale of works of art left to the charity in a will
- A youth charity to establish a new social-enterprise café and training hub
- A social enterprise that trains homeless people as Baristas on its data protection compliance
- A child literacy charity on the terms and conditions for its volunteer training app
- A charity that supports people with mental health challenges to succeed in the workplace with its employment handbook and policies
- A charity that collects surplus, in-date produce that cannot be sold and uses it to provide healthy meals for people in the local community who are homeless, socially isolated or dealing with mental illness