Pro Bono

7.6 / 10

(based on 28 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The firm as a whole sees it as important. I personally really enjoy pro bono work."
First year trainee, London
"It is mandatory for all trainees to engage in pro bono work, which I think is an encouraging sign of how seriously the firm takes its commitment to engaging with local communities."
Second year trainee, London.
"Trainees are required to carry out pro bono work in Croydon at least four times per year and are offered support by the partners and associates. Some associates also provide pro bono legal services at Tower Hamlets. I have provided legal advice to four pro bono clients over 10 months, mainly to do with landlord disputes."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees must attend pro bono sessions as an adviser twice every six months."
Second year trainee, London
"There are some great pro bono projects to get involved in and the partners who run these projects are very committed. Trainees must attend Croydon law centre at least twice during each rotation. Unfortunately, there is not enough training to fully equip trainees to deal with all the issues that arise at these sessions and it can be difficult for a trainee to fulfil these commitments in some teams."
Second year trainee, London
"The disputes team continue pro bono work into qualification. It is mandatory for trainees to complete pro bono work, which is a great skill to develop and is important to the wider community."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees advise at a law centre a couple of times every year and there might be follow-up work afterwards."
First year trainee, London

2016

"All trainees assist at law clinics a minimum of twice during each seat either on consumer and housing law issues or employment issues. This is a great way of gaining confidence and delivering legal advice directly to a client."
Second year trainee, London
"There is pro bono work every Tuesday and it's a good chance for trainees to be involved in different types of work."
First year trainee, London
"Very committed. There's compulsory attendance at law centres throughout the contract."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees advise at either the Croydon or Tower Hamlets pro bono legal advice centre at least twice during each seat, which is excellent experience and very rewarding. There are also opportunities to get involved in the work the firm does with A4ID and Liberty. I am currently part of a team of trainees and associates in the London office working on a pro bono death row appeal with the firm's Houston office."
First year trainee, London
"It's compulsory for trainees to go to two pro bono sessions per seat and this can be difficult to schedule during busy periods."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Trainees have to commit a number of hours to volunteering, and I think it's great."
Second year trainee, London
"We have an obligation to attend law centres to provide free legal advice at least three times in a six month period (and are often called on to attend more sessions if others can't attend). I think that the firm has a very strong commitment to pro bono work."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees must undertake compulsory pro bono work at the Law Centre in Croydon every seat - this is a very good thing both for us, in terms of client exposure, and them, for free access to justice."
Second year trainee, Sydney
"Pro bono is mandated on trainees, and this ensures a steady and strong commitment to pro bono."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono is mandatory. I have found that, not least, trainees must attend a night of free legal advising every other month, and there are many different pro bono opportunities, options and teams to get involved in."
Second year trainee, London
"There are lots of pro bono opportunities to get involved in, and obligatory visits to Croydon Law Centre for all trainees (three per six months) which offer a great opportunity to get client-facing experience."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Trainees have compulsory pro bono at the Law Centre in Croydon and Tower Hamlets. There are so many other legal charity-based projects going on too."
First year trainee, London
"The firm attends legal advice clinics, runs school reading and maths schemes and participates in charity and volunteering work."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono work is compulsory for all trainees. I have assisted with a variety of employment and minor disputes cases in particular. Senior associates and partners are also involved, and show strong commitment to pro bono work."
Second year trainee, London
"All trainees take part in compulsory pro bono assignments to law centres in Croydon and Tower Hamlets. There are other pro bono initiatives such as schools mentoring and sports teaching too."
Second year trainee, Sydney
"Pro bono is a compulsory feature on the training contract programme. Trainees are expected to attended law centres in Croydon and Tower Hamlets."
First year trainee, London

2013

"All trainees volunteer at a law centre in East London. Opportunities for reading with children and sport clubs are also available."
Second year trainee, London
"Staff attend two legal advice clinics once a week."
Second year trainee, London
"Compulsory monthly pro bono. I teach children football each week at Tower Bridge School and offer employment advice in Tower Hamlets."
Second year trainee, London
"The pro bono activities at NR are taken very seriously, and all trainees must support one of our supported law centres. There is a good support network of Partners and Associates within the pro bono space, and the experience itself is both professionally and personally rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"All trainees must participate in pro bono. My involvement has largely been on small debt claims, and employment and housing disputes."
First year trainee, London
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