Making a difference
The firm’s community and pro bono opportunities offer you the chance to get involved in a wide variety of activities. Much of what we do is underpinned by our encouragement to support the causes that you care about.
We focus on pro bono, because that’s where we can add most value, social mobility, because it is important for the future sustainability of our society’s workforce, and being a responsible local citizen where we help the community on our doorstep to thrive. This is not just the right thing to do – it is good for the firm, our people and part of our culture.
Our award-winning initiatives in partnership with our local school partners aim to bring the world of work to the classroom and help disadvantaged students to get into top universities. Volunteers get involved in a variety of projects, including tutoring GCSE and A-level students, mentoring Year 12 students as they prepare their UCAS applications and delivering employability and career insight sessions.
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.
We support Amicus, a small charity that conducts research and provides representation to those facing the death penalty in the United States. Trainees can get involved in reviewing current capital cases, along with analysing historic data, in Missouri and Florida. This work is central in working towards widespread change to death sentencing in the US.
Islington Law Centres
Every week our lawyers provide free legal advice through the Islington Law Centre. The service helps to provide assistance to individuals who would normally be unable to afford or access legal advice. There remains significant pressure on legal aid providers generally, and so this work is vital to the provision of services for those who need it.
We work closely with St Luke’s Community Centre, which is just ten minutes’ walk from our office and is a vibrant hub of services for local people. You can mentor entrepreneurs, help older people learn digital skills or support job-seekers apply for work.
There are plenty of projects with regular commitments where you can build rapport with the individual you are helping: you might prefer reading with primary school children, or making regular phone calls to an older person as part of our Befrienders scheme. Or if a one-off activity is more your thing, throughout the year we call out for people to support our projects, including interviewing work experience candidates from local schools, to delivering legal masterclasses to charities and non-profits.