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Pro Bono

7.7 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2018)

2018

"50 pro bono hours can count towards your chargeable hours each year. Initiatives include helping with local Citizens Advice services and attending local schools to help children with their reading."
First year trainee, London
"I have been involved in legal clinics and the London legal walk. The firm has many projects going on and they are varied and supported. Most are happy for trainees to get involved but you do have to check with your supervisor before committing."
First year trainee, London
"I sit on the art award committee. I also represent artists who take part in the art award in legal disputes that arise."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of initiatives that everyone at the firm can get involved in, from trainee to partner. These include reading schemes, pro bono clinics and sponsored sport activities."
First year trainee, London
"There are a lot of projects to get involved in that give trainees a really high degree of responsibility and exposure to issues and clients."
First year trainee, London
"Clyde & Co has many pro bono activities both in the UK and globally. Fee earners in London are encouraged to become involved in legal clinics as well as mentoring students in schools and universities."
London
"We have a really good pro bono team that runs several projects. I have volunteered at our partner legal clinics."
Second year trainee, London
"Pro bono work is accessible and supported at all levels. There's lots of work available but you are expected to put chargeable work first of course."
First year trainee, London

2017

"I have worked on a mentoring scheme where I mentored undergraduates who were interested in law. I also work at a citizen's advice pro bono clinic weekly. As part of the induction to the firm, we also did community projects in East London."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is committed to pro bono and each fee earner gets an allowance each year for pro bono work that counts as chargeable hours for target and bonus calculations."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm has good pro bono projects. There are general advice and specific employment advice clinics run at a North London central applications board each week as well as community mentoring programmes with schools and, during the professional skills course, new trainees go out to clear local parks. It is down to each trainee to get involved in pro bono work if they wish, but opportunities are always available."
Second year trainee, London
"Pro bono opportunities are readily available but there is no active encouragement to partake in them."
First year trainee, London
"There's the legal advice clinic where we offer advice in person on a one-to-one basis regarding housing problems and frauds etc."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of opportunities for voluntary work including pro bono advice at law centres. Up to 50 hours of pro bono can be counted towards your time target, which is nice."
Second year trainee, London
"There's the citizens advice bureau monthly clinic. I also ran a pro bono case to trial by myself, which was a fantastic learning experience."
Second year trainee, London
"Last year the pro bono team didn't need to do a recruitment drive because they had so much interest that all the pro bono schemes were full way before the deadlines. The Clyde & Community team are constantly adding projects."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I am on a rota to give advice at the Lambeth legal advice clinic. I have also completed the London legal walk 10k to raise money and awareness for the need for free legal advice. Clyde & Co also has a number of other pro bono programmes: these include mentoring and helping out at schools."
First year trainee, London
"I haven't worked on any projects, but that was due to a busy workload meaning I had to miss the opportunity."
First year trainee, London
"Despite trainees not being encouraged to undertake pro bono work, I found that this did depend on the seat and partner involved."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is involved in a large variety of different pro-bono projects. However, pro-bono it is not deeply embedded in the culture of the firm, in the sense that many fee-earners are not involved in such pro-bono work."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a wide range of law and non-law pro bono at the firm in addition to their fundraising."
Second year trainee, London
"Arts, CAB and primary school projects among others form part of the firm's pro bono list. I have worked for individuals on pro bono cases."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have worked on re-registering a charity in our corporate department, as well as submitting applications for charitable status to the Charities Commission."
Second year trainee, London
"I worked briefly on a matter through a local CAB office and it was rewarding experience."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono contributes to annual billable targets (albeit no target for trainees). Pro Bono art projects which has been a huge success."
First year trainee, London

2013

"I will be partaking in the Employment team pro bono Skype clinic during my seat in the department."
First year trainee, London
"Registration of a charity, incorporation of a charity."
First year trainee, London
"I have volunteered for the primary school reading scheme, assisting once a week."
First year trainee, London
"Given free legal advice at the CAB. Participated in a 'doing good from your desk' project."
First year trainee, London
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