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Pro Bono

8.0 / 10

(based on 26 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The pro bono/CSR offering is good and almost everyone engages with it in some respect."
Second year trainee, London
"I've volunteered at a walk-in legal clinic in Shoreditch. There are opportunities to get involved and every member of the firm gets a charity day to volunteer somewhere of their choice."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees get involved in pro bono and it's very much supported by partners. Our legal advice clinic is the biggest single project but we also deal with pro bono matters as part of the normal practice and there are various discrete pro bono and CSR initiatives."
First year trainee, London
"There is a pro bono clinic, which is super popular."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a generous pro bono programme including a legal clinic and an annual charity day for all staff."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a 'charity of the year' that is voted for each year by the staff. There are a number of events run throughout the course of the year that raise money for the charity. I helped with the Christmas raffle and this involved speaking to businesses in an effort to get them to donate prizes and then selling raffle tickets to staff at the firm. The firm is also involved in a legal clinic, providing free legal advice to members of the community. Trainees are heavily involved in this and it is a very rewarding process."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees are encouraged to work at a local legal advice clinic. The work is extremely rewarding and another great way to develop yourself on a legal and personal level."
First year trainee, London

2018

"There are plenty of fundraising and volunteering projects on offer as well as a legal clinic and a secondary school student mentoring programme, all of which are popular."
First year trainee, London
"We get opportunities to volunteer at legal advice clinics providing free legal advice in Newham after work. I am also involved with mentoring a student at a school in Newham borough. The firm also provides pro bono legal advice to some chosen charities."
First year trainee, London
"We have pro bono opportunities in a citizen's centre to help those who need legal advice. We also partake in the City Giving Day, the London Legal Walk and mentoring schemes with 15/16 year olds around London."
First year trainee, London
"We are very committed to charity and raised £25k at the Christmas raffle last year. We have events throughout the year and we are allowed charity days."
First year trainee, London
"We have a law clinic that provides pro bono work to those in an area of London. We also have mentoring schemes for 15/16 year old students to help them decide what they want to pursue in their career and how to get there."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has introduced a charity day and there are lots of other initiatives. I have taken part in the mentoring of school children in Newham and all of the trainees do a charity day during the induction as well as being allowed to take a day off to do charity work at other times of the year. I was also involved in the Christmas raffle raising money for our charity of the year."
First year trainee, London
"A new pro bono clinic has been set up and we offer pro bono advice to our charity of the year."
First year trainee, London
"We have a longstanding pro bono partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital. Everyone can take a (paid) day off to help out in the community, whether that be doing pro bono legal work, helping out at a local food bank or any charitable cause that's close to your heart."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"This is an area that the firm is actively working on and trying to improve."
First year trainee, London
"I have done a lot of pro bono work with a range of charities while sitting in the commercial department. It offers great exposure to agreements that you may not have on a high-value deal."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a general lack of information on pro bono matters, although there are plenty of corporate social responsibility initiatives available for staff to get involved in."
Second year trainee, London
"We recently launched a pro bono scheme through which you can take a day off each year to help a charity. Efforts to raise money are well supported (my band took part in a charity rock concert to represent the firm, with its full backing)."
Second year trainee, London
"We now have a day a year that we can spend on pro bono but generally it is up to individuals to take the initiative to get involved in pro bono if that is what they wish to do."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been involved in a school mentoring scheme, which was very rewarding. There are numerous other schemes available."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm does a lot of work for a few charities, in particular its charity of the year."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Pro bono is perhaps not as formalised as it could be, though I have had a good deal of experience doing pro bono work for charities while in the private client department."
Second year trainee, London
"The CSR team here are great. There's loads of ways to get involved from raising money to mentoring programmes. I haven't worked on any pro bono projects."
First year trainee, London
"There is a mentoring scheme with a school in a deprived area and, department dependent, some trainees have been given the opportunity to do some interesting pro bono work. I think more pro bono work should be made available."
Second year trainee, London
"I have already been involved in a number of pro bono projects, including mentoring students taking their GCSEs. The firm has a strong commitment to be a part of the local community."
First year trainee, London
"I have not been involved or aware of a great deal, though I know that there is a CSR committee that does good work."
First year trainee, London
"There is plenty of pro-bono work around, which the firm is supportive of, and a number of individuals are able to do significant amounts of pro bono work. However, this varies by department and certain individuals take on a large proportion of the responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"There are lots of chances to do and promote work with charities. Firm of the year is a big deal (this year it's Whizz Kidz) and the firm is very supporting of fundraising and engagement around that. Pro bono is less visible."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"It has a good programme and does a lot for charity. I've been involved in mentoring homeless people looking for jobs/mentoring school kids interested in law. There is a lot going on and it is going well."
Second year trainee, London
"We do not have a separate pro bono department but there are a number of committed lawyers. We do the London Legal Walk every year and the Newham Education Business Partnership mentoring scheme."
First year trainee, London
"In both of my seats I have seen pro bono cases treated with equal care to billable work, which is great."
First year trainee, London
"Haven't worked on any pro bono in my current seat but it is the wrong type of work to be doing so. I have helped with various charity events and have done sponsored events with lot of backing from the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono is sort of ad hoc, and depends on the department, and there is no separate team that deals with pro bono legal advice. That said, we do a lot for charity, do fundraising and have a charity of the year. We also have great commitment to mentoring and encouraging pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds into legal careers."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"There is a good range of pro bono work such as advice clinics, non-chargeable time for charities, etc. and mentoring for schoolchildren in London."
First year trainee, London
"We have a mentoring scheme with schools in East London which is incredibly rewarding for both us and students. Our firm has a charity of the year every year and we usually pick smaller charities that our fundraising can make a real difference to."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a firm Charity of the Year, lots of fundraising and legal pro bono too."
First year trainee, London
"There are a lot of smaller pro bono projects like Street Law and many solicitors volunteer in their spare time. The firm does not shout about the charity it does. Charity should be something you do quietly, not because it makes you look good but because you care."
Second year trainee, London
"I visited a careers day at a secondary school in East London. I am also a mentor to a secondary school student, offering CV and interview advice."
First year trainee, London
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