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Pro Bono

6.7 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I have done a fair amount of pro bono and charity work and this is something I would feel comfortable suggesting and organising as a trainee if I wanted more."
Basingstoke
"While the firm grants a generous 21 hours for each fee earner to do pro bono work, the majority of the projects available are organised through the Charitable Foundation, which organises charitable projects but does not have a legal focus. There is, however, a pro bono rota for the Royal Courts of Justice that the corporate social responsibility team participates in."
London
"The creation of the Charitable Foundation has helped but getting people involved in charity activities around the firm requires a lot of encouragement."
"I believe the firm is committed to pro bono work, though I have not worked on any pro bono projects myself yet."
Guildford
"The firm has the Charitable Foundation and there is a real drive towards the fee earners being able to do more pro bono work, which is great. I have volunteered at the Whitechapel Mission Breakfast challenge, which was great fun and very rewarding."
London

2016

"I have yet to work on any pro bono, having only just joined the firm. However, I am aware that the corporate social responsibility team work with local colleges and other projects."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"The firm does not have many formal pro bono structures in place. There is a rota for advising at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau but you are only required to participate a few times a year."
First year trainee, London
"There are a few projects to get involved in and the firm is in the process of starting its own charitable foundation."
First year trainee, London
"It wasn't great to begin with but they are setting up a more firm-wide approach with sub-committees. They give discretion for individuals to set up initiatives on corporate social responsibility but, at this stage, it is not entirely coherent."
Second year trainee, Reading
"The firm could be better but it is recognising this and is taking steps to improve the corporate social responsibility programme."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has been supporting a local charity for 18 months, including undertaking fundraising activities and pro bono legal work."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I have worked on a reading programme with a local primary school. We visit the school fortnightly and assist children with their reading."
Second year trainee, London
"I have done little pro bono legal work, although I am aware that it exists within the firm. There are a lot of fund raising and charity events that we are given time to attend."
Second year trainee, Guildford

2014

"I have taken part in the opportunities to volunteer for various community incentives here at Penningtons Manches."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"I am a member of the corporate social responsibility committee which aims to provide pro bono legal advice to our chosen charity and others, as well as non-legal assistance where required."
Second year trainee, Oxford

2013

"I have not been involved with any pro bono work to date."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I have done some work for the pro bono committee but have not been as involved as other trainees."
Second year trainee, London
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