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, switching to a remote model during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure this vital support continued.
- We assist survivors of the Windrush scandal to navigate the complex process to apply for compensation under the UK Government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme.
- We run weekly pro bono legal advice clinics in partnership with frontline legal advice centres on issues of family, employment and housing law, providing a vital service to individuals who cannot otherwise access legal support. These clinics were set-up as innovative webcam clinics, aimed at reaching people outside London where pro bono help is scarce. We were the first commercial law firm in the UK to launch such a webcam clinic model, and this provided the basis for us and other firms to continue to run our clinics during the COVID-19 lockdown.
- 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, including assisting a domestic violence shelter with securing a newlease and advising a charity supporting blind and visually impaired people on the sale ofmajor works of art left to them in a will.