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Kerry Stares, Director of Responsible Business & Pro Bono

Kerry leads the efforts we make as a firm to operate responsibly and sustainably and to ensure that our business has a positive impact for all our stakeholders: our clients, our people, our communities and our natural environment. She also leads the firm’s Pro Bono practice, which provides access to free legal advice for those who need it and free legal support to help strengthen small charities and social enterprises.

About

Kerry leads the efforts we make as a firm to operate responsibly and sustainably and to ensure that our business has a positive impact for all our stakeholders: our clients, our people, our communities and our natural environment. She also leads the firm’s Pro Bono practice, which provides access to free legal advice for those who need it and free legal support to help strengthen small charities and social enterprises.

Kerry is a senior commercial litigator and solicitor advocate. She has extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector and social justice work, having held senior legal and management roles at leading international charities. Before joining Charles Russell Speechlys Kerry was the Global Head of Legal at TrustLaw (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – the world’s largest Pro Bono innovation and connection platform.

Experience

  • Co-chairs the firm’s Responsible Business Steering Group
  • Oversees and coordinates our thought leadership and advisory work on environmental, social and governance issues
  • Leads the firm’s participation in the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative - training and deploying our lawyers to the Greek Islands of Lesvos and Samos to support asylum seekers
  • Leads our Disability Benefits Appeals work with Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, training lawyers from across the firm to help people appeal negative decisions in the First-Tier Tribunal
  • Established the first pro bono clinics in the UK via webcam enabling our lawyers to reach people in legal advice deserts outside London and to continue providing pro bono advice to people on low incomes during the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • Manages the firm’s partnership with Social Business Trust (SBT) through which the firm provides pro bono support to help SBT’s portfolio of UK charities and social enterprises scale-up their reach and impact.
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