Through the firm’s pro bono programme, we are able to leverage our legal skills for increased and sustainable social impact. The firm’s pro bono legal advice sits at the core of our Responsible Business programmes.

Our pro bono work ranges from giving specialist legal advice to charities and non-profit organisations to supporting outreach and community programmes to assist individuals in need who could not otherwise afford legal advice.  We also help charitable organisations better navigate common legal issues through our Legal Essentials support.

Legal Essentials for Charities

 

Our free toolkit provides charity professionals with a useful guide to common legal questions and can be downloaded for free using the link on the left.

Bringing the Toolkit to life, our series of Masterclasses, tailored to charity professionals who don’t have a legal background, provide the essential know-how to navigate common legal areas such as contracts, IP and compliance.


Amicus

 

We support Amicus, a small charity that conducts research and provides representation to those facing the death penalty in the United States.  Our volunteers conduct case reviews of capital cases and so far we have been involved in two significant projects that aim to make systemic change to sentencing.

"Amicus is reliant on the amazing contribution of our pro bono casework teams: they make the real difference to our cases and projects.  The work they do becomes the backbone of much investigation in cases, and not only saves lives but pushes forward the need for fair trials for all.  Slaughter and May has shown great commitment and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support, without which this essential work would not of been possible." Amicus


Disability benefits appeals pro bono advocacy project

 

Joining forces with five other firms, we have partnered with Legal Advice Centre (University House) in East London to provide pro bono advocacy to individuals making disability benefit appeals to the First Tier Tribunal.

Following a series of welfare reforms in the UK, scores of individuals who are unable to work as a result of mental and physical disabilities, long term illness or mental health issues have faced the abrupt termination of regular benefits payments. With representation from lawyer volunteers, the project has seen an 82% success rate for the clients.

“Our lawyers enjoy the opportunity to help people who may have little or no experience in presenting their case in front of a tribunal, as well as having a chance to put their advocacy and drafting skills to the test.” Mohan Rao, associate at Slaughter and May

Citizens Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice

 

Our litigation lawyers provide free legal advice to litigants-in-person who cannot afford a solicitor and are in need of assistance with preparing, or dealing with a court case.  The CAB legal clinic at the Royal Courts of Justice helps approximately over 1,500 clients a year and receives over 3,700 enquiries during the year.


Islington Law Centre

 

Every week our lawyers provide free legal advice to those who desperately need, but cannot afford legal advice through the Islington Law Centre. The service helps to provide assistance to individuals who would normally be unable to access legal advice, including those individuals who are on low income, in receipt of benefits, have physical and/or mental disabilities, etc.  With cuts to legal aid and increasing pressure on providing legal services to those in need, the continued work of the ILC becomes ever more important.  

"We are extremely grateful for your long term support and for your assistance with a range of issues in addition to the evening clinic. We have benefited immensely from the relationship and at a time of major change within the legal advice sector, this connection has provided real stability and an opportunity for us to adapt and to prepare for a fresh set of opportunities. Thank you! Ruth Hayes, Director, Islington Law Centre