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Pro Bono

8.4 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2016)

2016

"We have a dedicated pro bono team who coordinate pro bono work around the world. Pro bono work can be undertaken by all fee earners."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of opportunities to get involved voluntarily with various pro bono projects available with associated training."
First year trainee, London
"Compulsory visits to the welfare benefits clinic for all trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Target of 50 pro bono hours for all, including trainees. Pro bono is treated as billable from a target hours perspective. Many people do more than their 50 hours. There are lots of opportunities to be involved in pro bono if you want to be."
Second year trainee, London
"There are many opportunities to take part in various types of pro bono work: from death penalty cases and taking on casework for vulnerable individuals to reading at a local primary school and helping to serve meals at a homeless shelter."
First year trainee, London
"Regular opportunities to become involved. Each trainee receives pro bono training and assists at a local welfare benefits clinic a couple of times per seat."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I have worked on pro bono projects with Reprieve and Amicus. We have a dedicated Pro Bono Partner."
First year trainee, London
"There always seems to be pro bono drives going on, such as work at Toynbee Hall and working with death row charities."
Second year trainee, London
"There are designated corporate social responsibility partner and manager positions, and many trainees are involved on the committees and teams for various projects (Bonner Primary School, Reprieve, Tour de Law). There is an annual quiz held in honour of an NQ who died on qualification leave run entirely by trainees, and this year a trainee took her own initiative to organise a successful supplementary charity bake sale."
First year trainee, London
"We are always getting information about pro bono work so there are loads of opportunities to get involved. Pro bono counts towards your billable hours targets too so is really encouraged."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have worked for a charity which supports people on death row and an NGO which protects people's right to privacy."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of opportunities (and much encouragement) to get involved in a wide range of pro bono work."
First year trainee, London
"The firm-wide scheme is still fairly new - I have not had any opportunities to get involved yet."
First year trainee, Londn
"Fee earners are encouraged to do so many pro bono hours per work. Pro bono is taken very seriously and trainees are expected to undertake regular pro bono work. There are regular talks and presentations (including short films). I have worked on a high-profile death penalty case recently which was fascinating."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm does an awful lot of pro bono work, including work in legal advice centres and on specific death row cases, and puts a serious amount of emphasis on it across all global offices, but no one is forced to partake if they don't want to. I've signed up to numerous projects, only to get distracted by work and not follow through. As a result, most of the pro bono I've done has been with a project my supervisor was working on, so it could fit more easily into my day."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a long-standing relationship with Toynbee Hall, one of the oldest legal advice centres in the country. Lawyers take it in turns to attend once a week to provide free legal advice on a variety of topics from housing to consumer law which they wouldn't otherwise become involved in at work. There are also a number of other initiatives, including a number of projects with Reprieve, assisting with death row appeals, for example."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The firm is really upping its pro bono commitment and there is now a requirement for every fee earner to do 50 hours of pro bono work a year."
First year trainee, London
"Reviewing cases for Reprieve. Going to Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre."
Second year trainee, London
"A wide scope of pro bono work is available to get involved in."
Second year trainee, London
"I have worked on a variety of pro bono projects, from death row cases to the setting up a company limited by guarantee."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"There's a wide variety of legal and non legal pro bono opportunities."
Second year trainee, London
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