All of our people have opportunities in the diverse communities in which they live and work to take an active role in society. We encourage and support our people world-wide to use their legal knowledge and other professional skills to promote social inclusion; benefiting those who are disadvantaged, or under-privileged or lack access to the advice that we can offer.
We have a range of approved pro bono and volunteering schemes which aim to assist the wider community. Participation in these schemes is open to all.
Our pro bono and volunteering schemes include:
The United States
World Trade Center Foundations
Our New York office provides pro bono legal services in relation to the World Trade Center victims. Our partners created a charitable foundation which donated US$250,000 in victim assistance funds. The foundation also established a fund to support family members of municipal bond professionals who died in the World Trade Center attacks.
In a joint partnership with lawyers from ExxonMobil, we addressed the legal needs of Avenue Community Development Corporation (CDC), a not-for-profit entity that develops affordable housing and preserves historic buildings in one of Houston's nationally registered historic districts. Low-income families and individuals have the opportunity to become first-time homeowners through the program.
Our London staff work with Tower Hamlets Law Centre and South West London Law Centres to provide weekly clinics covering employment, private housing, consumer matters and small claims. Involvement in the programme is compulsory for all our trainee solicitors working in the London office.
Barretstown is an international charity that provides a programme of therapeutic recreation for children with serious illnesses, and offers support at times of bereavement. We have worked with Barretstown for many years, and have provided pro bono legal services to the charity as well as running a volunteering programme and fund-raising activities.
On a weekly basis, our people in Sydney work with Wayside Chapel to provide legal advice to Sydney’s homeless population in a familiar and safe place, free of charge.
We assisted World Expeditions, one of Australia’s largest adventure travel companies with a commitment to help underprivileged people in developing nations, by advising on the formalisation of its not-for-profit division, the World Expeditions Foundation, into a company limited by guarantee.
University of Kwazulu-Natal
We provide ongoing pro bono assistance to the University of Kwazulu-Natal, working closely with their law clinic to provide legal advice to the local community.
We regularly volunteer at the ProBono.Org refugee clinic, providing legal advice to the clinic’s attendees on issues such as applications for temporary residence permits and appealing refugee applications where asylum seekers have been rejected on unfair grounds.