Pro Bono

6.4 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There is no official pro bono programme, although there is a pro bono partner to allow people to do ad hoc pieces if they want to."
First year trainee, Bristol
"As trainees we don't see much, if any, evidence of pro bono work. That said, the firm does an exceptional amount of general charitable work."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We could do more pro bono, although we are amazing at charity work!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is committed to corporate responsibility and charity work, but there is less of a focus on pro bono work. I hope this improves as I would like to have more opportunities to do pro bono work."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"We have two volunteering days a year that we are encouraged to take. Opportunities are advertised at least once a month and we also have a charity of the year that we hold numerous events for. I think this is an area in which Burges Salmon is very strong."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There's lots of voluntary and corporate social responsibility work but little in terms of pro bono."
First year trainee, Bristol and sometimes London
"We are given two days a year to work on pro bono projects. I have mentored some year 10 students from a local school."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I've only worked on one project. The firm champions volunteering days but this is not so much legal pro bono work."
First year trainee, Bristol

2016

"We are the pro bono legal adviser to the Bristol European Green Capital Programme."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are a lot of corporate responsibility activities going on all the time and everyone gets two volunteering days a year to take off. I believe there could be more involvement in pro bono work (although this varies by department)."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm focuses more on corporate responsibility than pro bono – there is a lot of corporate responsibility that goes on."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We have two volunteer days per year. I read at a local school every other week and have volunteered in a homeless shelter."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm gets involved in giving pro bono legal advice and numerous charitable endeavours (especially with a green theme). There are also volunteering days that the employees are encouraged to make use of."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"We are given two days per year to spend on pro bono projects. This is as well as taking part in charity fundraising events on the weekends and during the week."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We get two volunteer days per year (team and individual) that we are encouraged to use. We do quite a bit of free/reduced rate work for local organisations as well."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2015

"There are lots of corporate social responsibility opportunities and engagement in pro bono. The firm is involved in a number of high profile pro bono matters."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I have had some really interesting pro bono work which is treated as being of equal importance to paid-for work."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are lots of charity events (Dragon Boat racing, painting projects, etc.). The firm has a commitment to sustainability and we get an extra day of leave for volunteer projects."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is very committed to pro bono work and always has a variety of projects on the go/pro bono volunteer days etc. It also helps out with the Burges Salmon law clinic."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"So many corporate social responsibility activities occur each year and they are always very elaborate and raise a lot of money. They are also great fun to get involved in, (especially if you want to watch the partners shimmying and shaking in a Strictly Come Dancing-style competition)."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2014

"I haven't done a lot of it, although there is some pro bono work around. The firm has a good volunteer day system."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm does a lot of pro bono work, for example the Wallace and Gromit Charity Appeal - where we helped auction off the various Gromit statues that had been placed around the Bristol area. There are numerous local smaller projects that the firm is involved in too and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in as a trainee."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are a number of volunteering and pro bono opportunities available. I have helped with the local university law clinic (providing workshops to students) and have done some pro bono work for The Pensions Advisory Service and for a local community development organisation."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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