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Pro Bono

8.3 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The trainees are given a pro bono challenge to get involved in pro bono whenever they can or come up with new ideas. As soon as I arrived, there were plenty of opportunities to do it and the firm is supportive of you giving up your time to take part and create new links for the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"First-year trainees have to undertake a first-year pro bono project. By midway through their second seat, trainees are expected to have implemented a pro bono idea and be running it regularly, whether that be working alongside a walk-in clinic to help provide advice to those who cannot afford it or something else."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Some people are more committed than others and the programme could be more organised. I worked on a pro bono matter as I had to as part of the first-year trainee challenge, otherwise I wouldn't have got involved."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"As a trainee, you take part in a challenge to come up with a proposal for how to give back to the community through pro bono work. You are encouraged to continue this after qualifying and there are more opportunities for pro bono for all."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I have not yet completed pro bono work for the firm, but I will be conducting some in the near future."
First year trainee, Reading
"Trainees have the corporate responsibility challenge set for them every year during their induction week, which involves each office intake starting their own pro bono initiative. Trainees are also able to get involved in initiatives set up in their office by previous cohorts."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes

2018

"The firm is committed to pro bono work and the trainee challenge this year was focused on the same. Different offices have different projects."
First year trainee, Solent
"All trainees are required to get involved in a six-month long pro bono project of their choosing, which gives some creative freedom and the chance to engage with something that interests them."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I've assisted at a pro bono clinic that the firm helps with. The challenge for first-year trainees was to get involved in pro bono."
First year trainee, Whiteley, Southampton
"Pro bono plays a big part in the firm and, as trainees, we are actively encouraged to take on board what we can regarding this."
First year trainee, Northampton

2016

"We are given a minimum of a day every year to volunteer in the community. We also take part in a free legal clinic with Edinburgh University students."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The firm does some amount of pro bono work, but not enough to really stand out in my experience here so far."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes

2015

"I regularly attend a pro bono clinic at CommuniCare in Reading, and trainees are also encouraged to spend one day a year volunteering. There are regular charity initiatives run by trainees and charity committees, such as cake sales, quiz nights and lunch events."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Plenty of pro bono work is available to undertake if desired."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"Pro bono may vary where you are based, and although I have not been involved in any pro bono, I am aware that trainees at other offices have been. Our office tends to focus more on volunteering in the local area."
First year trainee, Southampton

2014

"There are very active charity committees in each office and trainees are encouraged to get involved."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The firm has numerous projects open for staff to commit their time to. We are also given one day a year we can take off to attend a pro bono event."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"We work with Manchester University to assist with their pro bono clinic run by their students."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There are many opportunities available to get involved in clinics, etc."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The firm is genuinely committed to pro bono which is reflected in the fact that pro bono time counts towards billing targets. First year trainees complete a corporate social responsibility challenge, which is a great opportunity to get involved in that side of the firm."
First year trainee, Reading

2013

"Currently working on a boundary dispute pro bono project in the Real Estate Department."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"I have worked on the trainee challenge, in which the first year trainees were challenged to raise £500 in five months for the firm's charity partner, Macmillan."
First year trainee, Southampton
"CommuniCare pro bono legal advice clinic. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in CommuniCare which is attended by everyone from trainees to senior partners."
Second year trainee, Reading
"I take part in a programme called CommuniCare which is a free legal clinic which takes place once a month."
First year trainee, Reading
"Shoosmiths has both firm charities of the year and office charities of the year."
Newly qualified solicitor, Manchester
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