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Pro Bono

6.6 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2017)


"I recently completed a full day out of work doing pro bono in a local nursery in Leith (Edinburgh). We helped to build and develop the garden for the local community and those at the nursery to make the most of."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow
"I have not been involved in any pro bono schemes so far."
First year trainee, London
"We spend two days a year on pro bono, working at a variety of places. I have been at a homeless shelter and an allotment programme."
First year trainee, London
"There are pro bono initiatives but these are ad hoc and could be more organised."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There's a strong corporate social responsibility presence and trainees are actively encouraged to get involved."
First year trainee, Leeds
"As far as I'm aware, there is no formal pro bono scheme in place for delivering legal advice. There are good community/corporate social responsibility schemes in place though."
First year trainee, London


"DWF really encourages pro bono work in the local community, particularly with local schools. Its 5 star futures project is a good example."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Anyone can get involved in 5 Star Futures, which is an award-winning community education programme created by DWF in 2012. It has won awards from Business in the Community, Liverpool Law Society and Manchester Law Society. The purpose of the scheme is to enable aspirational young people to unlock their potential by developing their confidence and employability skills to become more work ready."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm primarily focuses its time on community projects rather than legal pro bono work."
First year trainee, Manchester
"We work extensively with St. Josephs. I have helped host a mock mediation for the Haberdashers' School students."
First year trainee, London
"I haven't worked on any and am unaware of any opportunities."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There are plenty of pro bono projects to get involved in. For example, I have volunteered at National Give and Gain Day, participated in our 5 Star Futures programme with disadvantaged schools and volunteered for the Law Society Education Week through the firm. I also participate in a mentoring scheme with the University of Leeds on behalf of the firm."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Award-winning pro bono schemes in Scotland."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I'm not aware that we do much pro bono law work, but we have a committed CSR group which do a range of charity fundraisers and hold events throughout the year."
Second year trainee, Manchester


"The firm is very committed to pro bono, in my opinion, and internally promotes that everyone should get involved. I have been involved in a number of things including mentoring university students, workshops with high school children and national Give and Gain Day where I volunteered in the local community with some colleagues."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There is an active corporate social responsibility committee and a commitment at each office level to support a charity of the office's choice."
Second year trainee, Liveprool
"In terms of pro bono, the firm has participated in Give and Gain Day, each office has a nominated charity and there is the 5 STAR Futures programme. The firm actively encourages staff to get involved in corporate social responsibility work."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"The firm has a lot of projects that we are able to get involved in of varying commitment levels."
First year trainee, Manchester


"I am a volunteer for the ‘Aim Higher’ and ‘5 Star Futures’ programme and have helped out with charity events, talks to students and pupils from a local school, and have taken part in an business enterprise scheme."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I have been involved with mentoring projects with local schools and colleges, packed boxes at a food bank, attended the ‘Leeds Legal Week and an International Women's Day’ event with a local school."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"There are local and national pro bono projects. DWF recently took part in the National 'Give and Gain' day."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Pro bono is a fundamental pillar of the firm. DWF has lots of community engagement which is actively promoted at all levels."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I haven't personally done any pro bono work but I know we are active in the community. Some of my colleagues recently painted a wall."
First year trainee, Leeds


"MentorMe project, diversity scheme, community projects, regular open days."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Lots! I have mostly been involved with mentoring in schools but also got involved with Christmas box packing for underprivileged people and also collect money regularly for dress down day."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Each office has its own nominated charity that they work very closely with. There is a committee that is responsible for organising events and raffles to help raise money for the charities. There is also a relatively new programme being rolled out throughout the offices, working with local schools in the community on a long-term basis. The firm does in each region to make a difference in the local communities that we work in."
First year trainee, Newcastle
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