Our community and charitable aims revolve around organisations in the areas of justice, human rights, welfare and the arts, underpinned by our ongoing commitment to providing strategic and scalable impacts to support the interests of the vulnerable. Our London Pro Bono and Charity Committee, comprising representatives of all levels of seniority across the office, helps to direct activities in line with these aims.
We offer all employees the same access to volunteering opportunities. Each year, everyone is entitled to two days out of the office in order to participate in a community volunteering event. Additionally, each lawyer aims to work at least 50 pro bono hours. In 2015, the London office devoted over 8,600 hours to pro bono work, an average of 56 hours per lawyer. We support local law clinics, grass-roots community organisations, leading charities and NGOs, organisations supporting vulnerable groups such as children, the homeless, and the elderly, as well as artistic charities and organisations which aim to enhance society through their work. A snapshot of the organisations we work with includes: Barnardo’s, Doctors of the World, Macmillan Cancer Support, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Oxfam, Plan International, Reprieve, Royal London Society of Blind People, Sadler’s Wells, Scope, Stonewall and the Serpentine Trust.
In addition to working with some of the most active charities and organisations, in London we work with local legal clinics, such as Battersea Law Centre and Mary Ward Legal Centre, where our lawyers provide a weekly drop-in service for local residents who cannot afford legal representation. The London office also champions a number of small charities at the first stage of their journey, including providing them with pro bono legal advice. Recently, our innovative pro bono advice has led the way in a number of ground-breaking areas, such as social finance and impact investing, as well as on climate change and Fair Trade issues.