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.

THE CHANCERY LANE PROJECT: CONTRACTUAL CLAUSES TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
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We have been working with The Chancery Lane Project to develop new laws and contractual clauses to fight climate change with a multi-disciplinary team across practice groups. Volunteers from across the firm have contributed to drafting new clauses and model laws, as well as providing peer reviews on drafts and analysis on using the new model clauses.
SUSTAINABILITY FIRST: PUBLIC UTILITIES AND THE DELIVERY OF SUSTAINABILITY
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Our competition team has been working on a long term project with Sustainability First, a non-profit think-tank providing sustainable solutions in the energy and water sectors. In a major piece of pro bono work, we looked into the extent to which the legal and regulatory frameworks for the utilities sector create barriers to or facilitate the delivery of sustainability and whether further legislation is required.
COMMUNITY LAW CLINICS
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We support Islington Law Centre and the Citizens Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice with financial donations and pro bono support, with volunteer lawyers participating in a weekly legal clinic to those in need. There have been significant casework successes, leading to a reduction in poverty, lower indebtedness and improvements in housing.
Green Finance Institute: financial pathways to a green economy
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We have been working with the Green Finance Institute, a non-profit organisation working to unblock the barriers to mobilising capital into the transition of the real economy, bringing the public, private and philanthropic sectors together to co-create the innovations and interventions necessary to build scalable green financial pathways.
British Red Cross
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A long-term pro bono partnership supporting British Red Cross in their mission to help those in crisis. Across our various matters, our work has included work reviewing service and supply agreements, advising on contracts implementing electronic transactional solutions, as well as financial payment solutions to quickly respond to emergency situations.
Pro Bono Initiatives
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Many of our initiatives have been running for over 20 years. Last year we collaborated on pro bono projects positively impacting Access to Justice, Increased education and literacy and Community Citizenship.
AMICUS
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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.
FIRM FUTURES LEGAL SEMINARS
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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.
REAL ESTATE ADVICE TO CRISIS
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Our Real Estate group works on a pro bono basis with Crisis, a national charity with a mission to end homelessness. Recent work includes working on the development of a number of Skylight centres, which are the charity’s flagship support network, providing a wide-range of support and training facilities for homeless people.
DRINK WITHOUT WASTE – HONG KONG
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Our Hong Kong office has been supporting the ‘Drink Without Waste’ campaign with pro bono legal advice. The campaign is aimed at reducing waste and litter from beverage consumption in Hong Kong.
FLIPFLOPI
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We have been providing pro bono advice to projects such as the eXXpedition sailing voyage and the FlipFlopi boat made from recycled plastic to help increase the impact of these projects. 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.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
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We have been a long-standing pro bono partner of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. They raise money solely to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre, and make a difference for cancer patients here and around the world.  We work across the charity’s legal matters, including partnership agreements, data protection and IP/IT advice.
ACCESS SOCIAL CARE
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Access Social Care provides free legal advice for people with social care needs, helping to achieve a better quality of life. They work with communities to increase knowledge of the law and rights and provide advice to those who cannot afford it. The firm’s volunteers provide casework support to people with learning disabilities, ensuring they get the social care support they need. With a 98% success rate, Access’ network of lawyers and barristers ensure fair access to justice when things go wrong.
LEGAL MASTERCLASSES FOR CHARITIES
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We host an annual series of virtual workshops addressing legal issues relevant to charities. The sessions help charities to improve their governance and operations, enabling them to increase the impact of their services to the individuals and communities they represent.