Pro Bono

Slaughter and May is proud of its strong history of pro bono work for those who need it. Over the years we have assisted charities, social organisations, communities and individuals – offering up our legal skills to drive forward the work they are doing for their local and national communities.

Find out more about National Pro Bono Week 2020

Pro bono is an integral part of our Responsible Business strategy. Our pro bono work demonstrates a strong commitment to social mobility and citizenship through our relationship with Islington and our immediate community, but also spans the globe as we put our legal skills on the front line for our wider ecological environment.


Our Global Reach – FlipFlopi

The FlipFlopi Dhow was built with waste plastic collected from the beaches and roadsides in Kenya and the world’s first recycled plastic dhow set sail in September 2018. 

Backed by the UNEP’s Clean Seas initiative, the dhow will sail 500 kilometres from Kenya to Zanzibar to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. 

The firm has been supporting with pro bono advice for the project’s legal structuring, operational and expansion needs.

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Our local focus – Firm Futures Legal Seminars

Firm Futures is one of the firm’s joint projects with St Luke’s, a local community centre, working with a group of selected long term unemployment participants who are being supported in setting up their own business. 

The firm presents legal workshops on legal topics such as company structures, data protection, contracts and intellectual property.  The workshops outline key legal issues and considerations to the start-up businesses.


Our diverse work – Amicus

Amicus is a small charity that conducts research and provides representation to those facing the death penalty in the United States.  It aims to ensure better access to justice (in particular around injustice in capital cases in relation to mental illness, intellectual disability, race and poverty) and to raise awareness of the potential infringement of defendants’ rights. 

The firm’s volunteers track and conduct case reviews of capital cases on projects in Missouri and Florida.

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. Amicus
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