“For the public good” – in practice at Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada
We believe that giving back to the communities we serve through pro bono activities is both a public and professional duty.
Whether it is helping an organization sort through the legal gymnastics of delivering running shoes to children in Africa, or representing victims of unsanitary living conditions against their landlord or intervening before the Supreme Court of Canada on numerous human rights issues, our pro bono activities are just one of the many ways we put into practice the three core values of our practice - quality, unity and integrity:
Quality of service that ensures our pro bono clients benefit from the same high standards of representation received by paying clients;
Unity around a shared goal of providing pro bono legal services to those who could not otherwise afford them; and
Integrity to recognize openly and honestly that the legal needs of certain individuals and not–for-profit, civic, religious or educational organizations could not be met without our help.
These are values we instill in our people. From the start of their careers, our lawyers are encouraged to seek pro bono work and their pursuits are supported by the partnership, notably by treating their pro bono activities as billable hours for the purpose of career evaluations.
We have pledged up to 30 hours of pro bono service per lawyer per year. We are proud that our lawyers make time to support individuals and not-for-profit organizations within our local communities in Montréal, Québec, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and across Canada.
A global community
As an international legal practice we are intent on thinking and acting globally while still being very much committed to giving back to our community locally.
Volunteering by using our legal expertise is a fundamental part of our practice. Norton Rose Fulbright has a well-established pro bono and community program that is active across the globe.