Law for change
We provide free legal services in the public interest (pro bono) to a wide range of clients, from individual asylum seekers to some of the world’s biggest charities. We believe everyone should have effective access to their legal rights, and focus our effort on promoting access to the rights of our target groups, including women, children, LGBT+ people, trafficking survivors and refugees.
Our aim is to have the greatest possible impact on access to justice and access to opportunity, through deep relationships with our ongoing pro bono clients and by proactively supporting them in addressing systemic issues. Our pro bono clients are clients of the firm: we don’t distinguish internally between paid work and pro bono, and often bring together cross-border, cross-practice teams as needed.
Our pro bono clients also benefit from the skills of our business services professionals (for example, from our IT, marketing and human resources departments). And we work with legal teams at our corporate clients to support their pro bono activities, and collaborate on projects that meet our shared objectives. To find out more about our work, see the detailed case studies listed below.
Last year over 1,200 lawyers across 27 offices...
...gave over 83,000 hours of free legal work...
...on 429 matters for over 200 pro bono clients
Social Justice award 2021
Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Asia Pacific awards - developing an app for Justice Centre Hong Kong
Excellence in Pro Bono award 2020
Excellence award for our third party interventions practice
UK Pro Bono Initiative of the Year 2018
The Lawyer Awards – Shelter’s Children’s Legal Service
US Above and Beyond award 2018
Sanctuary for Families award for work on gender-based violence survivors
US Abolitionist Award 2018
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women award for vast and diverse work on anti-trafficking