We have a long history of providing free legal advice to charities and individuals – it is one of the most valuable ways we can make a positive social impact.
In each of our practice areas, dedicated partners act as 'pro bono champions' to encourage and support pro bono. We are members of a number of pro bono referral organisations including LawWorks and TrustLaw, which enable us to reach many different types of charities and community groups, locally and globally.
Legal Toolkit for Charities
Our free Legal Toolkit for Charities provides charity professionals with a useful guide to common legal questions.
Bringing the Toolkit to life, our Legal Masterclasses for Charities is a series of workshops for charity professionals, who don’t have a legal background, that provide the essential know-how to navigate common legal areas such as contracts, IP and compliance.
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
Islington Law Centre
Our work with Islington Law Centre involves our volunteers attending a weekly advice clinic at the centre as well as support to the law centre directly, for example with pro bono legal advice and financial support.
"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