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Pro Bono

9.4 / 10

(based on 39 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I worked on a project with the NDCS (appealing wrongful revocation of disability living allowance) and on research into the threats posed by different business sectors to human rights."
First year trainee, London
"Many opportunities to contribute. Projects have involved human rights, access to justice, and the environment."
First year trainee, London
"There are daily emails about pro bono projects. I've worked on various research projects and a case for an immigration clinic."
First year trainee, London
"I have been given lots of opportunities to be involved in both national and international projects. My favourite project involved helping to compile a shadow report on human rights for an international institution."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Dedicated pro bono team working full time on pro bono matters. Lots of opportunity to get involved in things from a local to a global level. Highlights have included researching the impact of various business sectors on human rights, discrimination against minorities by public bodies around the world and the Prince's trust legal helpline (which all trainees participate in). There are lots of charity fundraising events too such as a Unicef triathlon. The firm is very supportive of pro bono work and counts it as chargeable time for bonus purposes, which encourages more senior fee-earners to take part too."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I was involved in the global challenge with UNICEF, which involved me and colleagues from around the world flying to Ethiopia to embark on a four-day high-altitude trek through the Simien mountains. We raised a minimum of £3,000 each and together raised over $250,000. The firm really believes in its pro bono and CSR."
Second year trainee, London
"We are one of, if not the, only firm in the City to have a dedicated pro bono department supervised by our pro bono partner. Trainees are encouraged to get involved with pro bono initiatives throughout their training contract but also have the opportunity to complete a six-month seat in the pro bono department itself."
First year trainee, London
"We are actively encouraged to participate in pro bono and even have annual pro bono target hours. The pro bono department gets a lot of exposure and we are rightly proud of the amount of work we do in this area."
Second year trainee, London
"Young person's immigration clinic: assisting young people with their immigration applications. Refugee project: providing training on employment law in the UK so that people can better know their rights. Research into the sustainability goals of the UN. Research into the laws around conservation in Namibia."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"DLA has a dedicated pro bono department and I have personally worked on a huge range of projects from researching child marriage laws in Nigeria to providing a training session on family law to newly released prisoners to working on a number of illegal wildlife trade projects. Fee earners are encouraged to do a minimum number of hours of pro bono and these hours count towards their bonus."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"They have a dedicated pro bono team in the London office and pro bono champions in each office. I have been involved in human rights projects, the Prince's Trust legal helpline and a huge project on the illegal wildlife trade spanning numerous jurisdictions."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There is so much pro bono work to choose from at DLA Piper, as we support many different charities, including UNICEF, MOSAIC mentoring and the have a Break into Law programme to introduce students from various backgrounds to working in a law firm. Personally, I am currently involved in two matters for the NSPCC."
Second year trainee, London
"One of the huge benefits of working at DLA Piper is the exposure to pro bono. Trainees have the opportunity to get involved with this right from the start. There are always projects going around that you can participate in. I have been involved in a large project which involved researching Kenya's social workforce legislation and recently completed another on the asylum process in the Netherlands."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"I believe that pro bono undertaken by the firm, such as that for UNICEF, is a genuine attempt to help, rather than just to keep up appearances."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There is a lot of opportunity for trainees to get involved in pro bono work: immigration projects, reports on wildlife laws or the death penalty for international charities, attending and helping with legal clinics. This is helped by the firm having a dedicated pro bono team in which there is also the opportunity to do a seat."
Second year trainee, London
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