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Pro Bono

6.8 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"I have volunteered in a range of activities such as providing school children with careers advice and presenting a business law presentation to university students."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I feel the firm could do more to commit to more pro bono."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I've worked on two projects, one where we went into a high school and listened to children, who were very far behind where their reading level should be, read to us. You could see the reading levels improve over the year and the children began to enjoy reading and were reading in their own time, which they hadn't done before. We have also had school children into the workplace, to show that this isn't a scary place and to discuss transferable skills that they could take to any career they were interested in. I know the firm has also run sessions with the elderly (those who were alone over winter) and brought them into the office for a getting to know you session with tea and cakes."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"DWF 5 Star Futures is a project that is run from the offices with a local school, helping high school students build skills and experience working in an office."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"There are volunteering days and several fundraising events throughout the year."
Second year trainee, Glasgow

2018

"There's no structured pro bono programme at the London office, though there are more general corporate social responsibility programmes."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has its own charity called the DWF Foundation and regularly encourages fundraising from all staff. The firm commits to supporting the local community and works with local schools through its 5 STAR Futures programme."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The DWF Foundation and 5 STAR Futures initiatives are both excellent. They're really well supported and make a big difference."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I'm involved in a project where we visit a high school every couple of weeks and listen to the younger children with low reading ability read out loud to us. This practice helps them to develop their reading skills as they don't get chance to read out loud any other time."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Our firm is very committed to pro bono work and there is always something to get involved in. Trainees in particular are encouraged to raise money for the DWF Foundation and to participate in the work we do with schools and other fundraising events."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There isn't really an internal pro bono scheme, which is a little disappointing."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"I recently completed a full day out of work doing pro bono in a local nursery in Leith (Edinburgh). We helped to build and develop the garden for the local community and those at the nursery to make the most of."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow
"I have not been involved in any pro bono schemes so far."
First year trainee, London
"We spend two days a year on pro bono, working at a variety of places. I have been at a homeless shelter and an allotment programme."
First year trainee, London
"There are pro bono initiatives but these are ad hoc and could be more organised."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There's a strong corporate social responsibility presence and trainees are actively encouraged to get involved."
First year trainee, Leeds
"As far as I'm aware, there is no formal pro bono scheme in place for delivering legal advice. There are good community/corporate social responsibility schemes in place though."
First year trainee, London

2016

"DWF really encourages pro bono work in the local community, particularly with local schools. Its 5 star futures project is a good example."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Anyone can get involved in 5 Star Futures, which is an award-winning community education programme created by DWF in 2012. It has won awards from Business in the Community, Liverpool Law Society and Manchester Law Society. The purpose of the scheme is to enable aspirational young people to unlock their potential by developing their confidence and employability skills to become more work ready."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm primarily focuses its time on community projects rather than legal pro bono work."
First year trainee, Manchester
"We work extensively with St. Josephs. I have helped host a mock mediation for the Haberdashers' School students."
First year trainee, London
"I haven't worked on any and am unaware of any opportunities."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There are plenty of pro bono projects to get involved in. For example, I have volunteered at National Give and Gain Day, participated in our 5 Star Futures programme with disadvantaged schools and volunteered for the Law Society Education Week through the firm. I also participate in a mentoring scheme with the University of Leeds on behalf of the firm."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Award-winning pro bono schemes in Scotland."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I'm not aware that we do much pro bono law work, but we have a committed CSR group which do a range of charity fundraisers and hold events throughout the year."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The firm is very committed to pro bono, in my opinion, and internally promotes that everyone should get involved. I have been involved in a number of things including mentoring university students, workshops with high school children and national Give and Gain Day where I volunteered in the local community with some colleagues."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There is an active corporate social responsibility committee and a commitment at each office level to support a charity of the office's choice."
Second year trainee, Liveprool
"In terms of pro bono, the firm has participated in Give and Gain Day, each office has a nominated charity and there is the 5 STAR Futures programme. The firm actively encourages staff to get involved in corporate social responsibility work."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"The firm has a lot of projects that we are able to get involved in of varying commitment levels."
First year trainee, Manchester

2014

"I am a volunteer for the ‘Aim Higher’ and ‘5 Star Futures’ programme and have helped out with charity events, talks to students and pupils from a local school, and have taken part in an business enterprise scheme."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I have been involved with mentoring projects with local schools and colleges, packed boxes at a food bank, attended the ‘Leeds Legal Week and an International Women's Day’ event with a local school."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"There are local and national pro bono projects. DWF recently took part in the National 'Give and Gain' day."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Pro bono is a fundamental pillar of the firm. DWF has lots of community engagement which is actively promoted at all levels."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I haven't personally done any pro bono work but I know we are active in the community. Some of my colleagues recently painted a wall."
First year trainee, Leeds

2013

"MentorMe project, diversity scheme, community projects, regular open days."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Lots! I have mostly been involved with mentoring in schools but also got involved with Christmas box packing for underprivileged people and also collect money regularly for dress down day."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Each office has its own nominated charity that they work very closely with. There is a committee that is responsible for organising events and raffles to help raise money for the charities. There is also a relatively new programme being rolled out throughout the offices, working with local schools in the community on a long-term basis. The firm does in each region to make a difference in the local communities that we work in."
First year trainee, Newcastle
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