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Pro Bono

8.6 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I have worked on Access to Justice pro bono projects, gone to a legal advice centre, worked on a financial crime pro bono case etc. The firm is very committed to pro bono and CSR generally."
Second year trainee, London
"Weekly trips to a legal advice clinic. Pro bono matters are a great way to practise drafting."
Second year trainee, London
"Because I have more availability than trainees in other seats to get involved with pro bono work, I have had the opportunity to experience a wide range of work. I have helped out with a range of pro bono activities: I hosted a negotiation session for my firm's partner school, helping to give many of the students their first experience of a City occupation. I also helped with an employment benefits case through Battersea Legal Advice Centre and dispensed advice with regards to IP law for Queen Mary's University of London Legal Advice Centre."
First year trainee, London
"Very impressed with the pro bono here. If you read the firms CSR pamphlet, the firm has 10 or so major initiatives such as the Young Talent Programme with Frederick Bremer School. A lot of people do pro bono cases and it's encouraged on email."
First year trainee, London
"We get some time off for pro bono activities, which is helpful."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has formal pro bono initiatives and there are a variety of ways to be involved in these as a trainee. This includes attending our Battersea Legal Advice clinic or taking on a case (eg employment tribunal case)."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is expected to do 50 hours a year (counts as billable time) and you get some really big pro bono matters for well known charities as well as smaller projects."
First year trainee, London
"Our senior partner's pet project is the Battersea Legal Advice Clinic, so there is a big rota and almost everyone gets involved in that at some point. The Prisoners' Advice Service is also a big initiative. I have assisted with drafting letters in response to prisoners' queries. Several departments also take on ad-hoc pro bono work (eg for non-profit organisations, through personal contacts etc) and there is an allocation for pro bono hours to count towards billable targets."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong

2015

"I've done some pro bono through my last department; working on a litigation case. I have also worked in a legal advice centre. I will next be working on social welfare cases."
First year trainee, London
"Battersea Legal Advice Centre - our senior partner's pet project, so supervisors understand if trainees wish to leave on time for this. The rota is fairly large so it's not a demanding time commitment either."
First year trainee, London
"I am currently working on a pro bono matter for a major charity - great work outside of the office too i.e. Battersea Legal Advice Centre."
First year trainee, London
"I have worked on a lot of pro bono projects in some departments and less in others - I think this is more department specific which is a shame. There is of course a general commitment to pro bono with 50 pro bono hours counting toward billable hours for bonus purposes and activities such as the London Legal Walk, etc."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I have worked on the sponsorship deal for an Art Fair, trade mark work for a major charity, and various other deals. The firm is keen for trainees to get involved in pro bono and provide the trainee with a lot of responsibility for the matter and the opportunity to work directly with the partner and client. Great work to get involved in!"
First year trainee, London
"I have been involved with an international legal pro bono matter in Columbia. A pro bono defamation project in the UK High Court and a mentoring scheme for unemployed women."
First year trainee, London
"I have not yet worked on any pro bono projects but know that the firm is very committed to it, for example allowing associates to put up to 50 hours of pro bono work towards their billable target."
First year trainee, London
"The Senior Partner is very engaged with pro bono and the partners who are involved in pro bono work are also very engaged with it. Trainees have the opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility because the associates may not have time for these projects. I have helped the Red Cross explore the legality of their online fundraising projects."
First year trainee, London
"There are good pro bono opportunities, including regular attendance at the Battersea Legal Advice Centre and some pro bono clients. I have participated in pro bono work stemming from the advice centre (discrete pieces) and larger pieces of work such as drafting letters of advice and witness statements. There is a regular pro bono secondment for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
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