Pro Bono

9.1 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There is a mandatory social enterprise/pro bono project that you have to do at the start of your training contract and there are also countless opportunities advertised weekly. Some of them are very legal (eg research or preparing for appeal hearings) while other opportunities are more about helping the community around us by using our non-legal skills. You will not run out of pro bono things to do if that's what you're interested in."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a higher commitment to pro bono than elsewhere in the City."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a range of pro bono clients and workstreams as well as a really interesting social enterprise practice. I've helped out at a benefits clinic, some widening access events at schools and I've helped a social enterprise on company structure/financing issues."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone in the firm is expected to undertake some pro bono work every year. I have been involved with an access to justice survey, attended an MP's surgery to see what kind of issues his constituents were facing and have carried out work on a pro bono basis for a social enterprise client by helping the client to insert an object clause into its articles in order to secure matched funding from the Big Venture Challenge."
First year trainee, London
"I feel Hogan Lovells is very committed to pro bono. We have a 25-hour per year target that counts towards our total fee earner hours targets. A weekly email is sent out with a list of all pro bono projects available for lawyers to get involved in. Partners actively push pro bono projects that they are personally involved in."
Second year trainee, London
"All trainees are assigned a pro bono client on joining the firm. From a trainee's perspective, it provides an opportunity to have more responsibility and freedom than would be given from departmental work."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono is something that really stands out at Hogan Lovells and we consistently perform well in this regard. Every fee earner is expected to do at least 25 hours of pro bono work each year and it is something that pretty much everyone buys into. There is a huge variety of initiatives to get involved in including work for the British Paralympic Association. During my time with the firm I have helped a number of victims of violent crime and human trafficking claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This can be a difficult process and it really helps if you have legal representation, particularly if you want to appeal a decision."
Second year trainee, London (currently on secondment in Johannesburg)

2016

"There are many opportunities to do pro bono work. This is one of the best things about working at Hogan Lovells. However, a pro bono trainee secondment should be reintroduced."
Second year trainee, London
"Pro bono is a key part of Hogan Lovells. We are sent weekly emails with new projects and are actively encouraged to get involved. I have worked on a number of pro bono projects relating to two of the firm's key focuses for citizenship: disability rights and empowerment of women and girls."
First year trainee, London
"We do work for the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre."
Second year trainee, London
"Extremely committed. There are constantly many things to be involved in if one has time. Every trainee is given at least one pro bono project to do right from the start. The pro bono work is varied and is taken very seriously."
First year trainee, London
"An email is sent around the firm every week or two containing a list of pro bono opportunities. Some of these are specifically for trainees. Pro bono projects I have worked on include: volunteering at a legal advice clinic at a charity working with families affected by HIV; representing clients at several social security appeals tribunals; and assisting clients at a form-filling clinic."
Second year trainee, London
"Mandatory minimum pro bono hours, which is a very positive commitment to pro bono."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees undertake a course at the start of their training contract giving training on pro bono matters and they also have a pro bono client. I have carried out work for social enterprises on corporate and advisory issues and also helped at advice clinics."
First year trainee, London
"Really good pro bono opportunities – dedicated pro bono team offers and allocates pro bono work. As new trainees, we are also put in a team and allocated a client whom we can advise. This is great early exposure to maintaining a client relationship and means you get to pick up useful communication skills."
First year trainee, London
"I have taught debating to school children, helped advise a person in respect of a tribunal hearing about his benefits entitlements and participated in numerous charity events organised by members of the firm."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"We have a fantastic variety of pro bono from social enterprise clients to working in schools teaching debating, criminal injuries cases, dance competitions and abseiling down tall buildings to fund-raise. The pro bono opportunities were one of the major attractions of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are encouraged to get involved in pro bono. I am currently dealing with a criminal injuries compensation application for a rape victim."
First year trainee, London
"Every trainee now gets a pro bono client before they start at the firm. Every other day a request for help on a new pro bono project is emailed around the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Every trainee will be involved in pro bono in every seat. This is taken very seriously by the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"Good"
Second year trainee, London
"Hogan Lovells is one of the best firms in the City for pro bono. There is ample opportunity to get involved in pro bono stuff."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very dedicated to pro bono. There are loads of activities and projects which people of different levels in the firm can work on. I have done a few charity events with our sponsored charities."
First year trainee, London
"I worked on a criminal injuries compensation case - it was also useful as an opportunity to get more client contact and responsibility."
First year trainee, London

2014

"There is ample opportunity to work on a wide variety of pro bono work. I have done both department specific social enterprise cases as well as working with individuals and organisations against domestic abuse."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is incredibly committed to pro bono and there is something for everyone to be involved with from day one."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono projects I've worked on include constitutional human rights challenges, disability cases, incorporating charities and assisting with the Bite the Ballot initiative (getting students registered to vote). Pro bono is taken particularly seriously."
First year trainee, London
"There is lots of pro bono work to get involved with. I have been involved in a significant amount and have been able to develop significantly as a result of it."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"I have done research into global supply chains in order to determine how best to hold companies to account for human rights abuses in their supply chains, (focusing on slavery)."
First year trainee, London
"The firm allows for 50 hours of pro bono time to count towards billable targets. I have worked on a number of community projects as well and advising a South African charity."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is something of a pioneer in City firm pro bono work, and the scale and scope of doing pro bono work is very impressive. I am currently working on incorporating a CIO for a pro bono client."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Most of my work is pro bono! It gives you greater responsibility and there is generally less pressure. I have incorporated companies and registered them with the Charities Commission, and helped a different charity register for VAT."
First year trainee, London
"The firm really pushes pro bono and most trainees seem to get involved at some point or another. There is everything from helping people who don't speak English fill out forms to large matters that go on for months."
First year trainee, London
"I worked on a case with the Muscular Dystrophy Association that was very rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"I have worked on domestic violence cases (arguing in court as friend of court for my client), disability living appeals (arguing in front of tribunal for client), trafficking cases (obtain compensation for trafficking victim) etc."
Second year trainee, London
"I have carried out pro bono work for a range of charities involved in everything from environment and conservation to the right to fair trial."
Second year trainee, London
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