Making a difference
Be part of our volunteering and pro bono initiatives
We think very carefully – and creatively – about the role we can play in giving back to the community, and there are more than 20 volunteering and pro bono opportunities available to our lawyers and business professionals across the firm. About half take part in corporate responsibility (CR) programmes.
We focus on our own borough of Islington, which beneath an affluent façade has an often overlooked side: it has the fourth highest rate of child poverty in the country. We aim to address three areas: education, tackling inequality and access to justice.
The Key Project
This award-winning initiative aims to help disadvantaged students to get into top universities. More than 70 volunteers help on a variety of projects, including tutoring GCSE or A-level students, drafting UCAS personal statements, delivery of employability and career insight sessions and participation in debating competitions.
Our innovative approach has seen us partnering with our clients to run community initiatives. One example is the CoRe (Community Resourcing) programme that we run with our client Macquarie, which helps Islington charities become more sustainable. Teams of volunteers from both businesses tackle a strategic issue facing a charity over a period of six months.
The Legal Social Mobility Partnership
This collaboration of law firms, client in-house legal teams, professional sports teams and commercial partners aims to broaden access to the legal profession by delivering a comprehensive work insight and skills programme to secondary state school students. The programme seeks to break down barriers, develop skills and provide experiences that help students build their CVs.
Law centres and pro bono
We provide teams of volunteer advisers each week to staff Islington Law Centre, and a team of qualified litigators also serve as advisers at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau.
The benefits of our CR work go both ways. Not only do our volunteers have the chance to develop certain key skills such as listening, coaching, communication, strategic thinking and problem solving, but they also gain personal satisfaction from being able to make a difference to their local community. Furthermore, it is often great fun.
You can take part in a wide range of activities within the local community, many of which are one-off opportunities. We work closely with St Luke’s Community Centre, which is just ten minutes’ walk from our office, where local people can socialise and other charities and organisations deliver services and activities to the community. You may like to help organise and run a tea party for the older people’s group, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the company of new people, or help wrap presents for the Older People’s group Christmas lunch.
From mentoring local people to improve their computer skills to helping children develop their problem – solving skills at our partner primary school’s Chess Club, there are a whole host of projects to suit your interests and skills.