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Pro Bono

9.4 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm is very committed to pro bono work and all employees are highly encouraged to undertake pro bono projects. You get the feeling that everyone around you does pro bono work on a regular basis. It's also very easy to find a supervisor (if needed) for projects of your choice."
First year trainee, London
"Reed Smith are genuinely dedicated to pro bono and there is a vast array of projects to get involved with: from the prisoners' advice service to helping those on death row via our amicus team."
First year trainee, London
"We have a dedicated pro bono lawyer who organises numerous pro bono projects that people can get involved in. We work closely with the local law clinics to provide advice, work with the prisoners' advice service and offer assistance to new charities. You can also do a pro bono secondment as one of your seats at the charities Liberty and Reprieve where you'll be helping with human rights' cases and death penalty cases. For several years running, all trainees have been involved in some pro bono each year. It's actively encouraged by the firm, counts as part of your billable hours and many associates and partners also get involved."
First year trainee, London
"We have an impressive list of reputable pro bono clients."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent. You sense that not only is the firm committed but many of the people who work here also take great pride and feel a strong sense of commitment to their pro bono work."
Second year trainee, London
"Pro bono counts towards your target hours and you can do as much as you want. 100% of fee earners in my department engaged meaningfully in pro bono in 2016."
First year trainee, London
"Every trainee gets involved with pro bono. 100% record for the last six years."
First year trainee, London
"The access to a huge variety of pro bono work is a big highlight of working at the firm and everyone is encouraged to get involved."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There are so many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work, and I wish I had more time to do so!"
First year trainee, London
"I have worked with the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre to provide advice to an individual who otherwise would not be able to receive any. Trainees are actively encouraged to take part, and we all do - for the last couple of years every trainee has recorded pro bono hours."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is keen to retain its reputation as a top form for pro bono work, and I think that all trainees are encouraged to complete as much pro bono work as they can manage."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees have to get involved (and they should) in pro bono work, and up to 50 hours of pro bono projects count towards your bonus when you're a qualified fee-earner."
First year trainee, London
"The pro bono initiatives at the firm are really good: we do loads of pro bono and there's plenty of opportunities to get involved. In my seat there are many different individual matters that you are given free reign to run, and it is brilliant experience."
First year trainee, London

2014

"There are more pro bono opportunities than you can shake a stick at. These range from non-legal projects such as reading to school children or cooking for the homeless, to legal projects that focus on very specific areas of law. As a trainee, these are a fantastic way to gain experience."
First year trainee, London
"The firm participates in a number of pro bono brokerage programmes as well as taking numerous individual cases and encouraging involvement at all levels."
Second year trainee, London
"I have my own pro bono project with Lawyers Without Borders and King's College London in writing a book on inheritance laws in several African countries."
First year trainee, London
"I am working on a project which will see a draft model law to protect human rights workers around the world. We do a wide variety of advice centres, research, reading partners schemes etc. Sarah Ramwell, who runs corporate social responsibility for the firm, has recently won an award and is very passionate about what she does."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent organisation of pro bono - headed by Sarah Ramwell - Corporate Social Responsibility Manager EMEA. Pro bono is a central part of the firm's strategy. I have been involved in preparing legal work for charity clients, and advising with the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are particularly encouraged to get involved with pro bono. I have worked with Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre where I supervised two groups of students interview a client and draft a letter setting out recommendations (both legal and practical) for how to resolve the clients issue. One case involved a property dispute and the other was an IP contract."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees are encouraged to complete a set number of pro bono hours every year; I am currently working on a research project relating to human rights framework in the country of my choice."
First year trainee, London

2013

"We are always encouraged to get involved and hours count towards bonuses."
Second year trainee, London
"Big push for this at the firm. Large number of pro bono hours each year count as billable. I've volunteered at a legal advice centre and am currently doing research on anti-trafficking laws in the Middle East."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Regular emails about pro bono and corporate social responsibility initiatives. I have worked on a pro bono case for an international environmental charity and worked on two projects to do with school leavers."
First year trainee, London
"Pro bono hours not count towards chargeable hours which is great but partners still see it has non-priority work (which is probably understandable)."
1 yr PQE, London
"Numerous projects both nationally and internationally. Some with other trainees, some one on one with a partner."
First year trainee, London
"I ran the firm's participation in the Legal Walk for two years running and employees are given opportunities to participate in pro bono activities regularly, if not daily, should they wish."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"There is a huge variety of pro bono projects to get involved in. I have done all sorts: from volunteering at legal advice clinics to volunteering days at a conservation reserve and the youth Paralympics. I often do ad hoc projects for NGOs and charities that are specific to my area of practice and are good learning opportunities."
1 yr PQE, London
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