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Pro Bono

6.5 / 10

(based on 28 ratings in 2016)

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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