Some of our most rewarding work comes from individuals, NGOs and developing country governments who make up our pro bono clients.
Last year, our global pro bono and responsible business contribution was roughly US$ million including more than 57,000 hours of free legal advice, given voluntarily by our people.
On a global level, our Fair Deal Sierra Leone initiative uses firm-wide expertise to deliver free, expert, legal support to the Government of Sierra Leone, for example in relation to the commercial consequences of the Ebola crisis.
We work with the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre and Kenyan Human Rights Commission to protect the rights of those with mental disabilities in Kenya. We’re helping to eradicate slavery with the Anti-Trafficking Anti-Slavery (ATAS) Group, which gives our lawyers the opportunity to take on local and international pro-bono work related to slavery and trafficking. And, our Ambassador scheme supporting the Prisoners' Advice Service offers free legal advice to UK prisoners regarding anything from their rights to their living conditions.
Recently, we have been working closely with one of our major clients to develop a pro bono legal advice clinic in support of Centrepoint, the UK's leading charity for homeless young people. Connect provides free, confidential legal advice to young people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
WE ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
In 2008, we became a founder member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA), an inclusive movement of law firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action on climate change. As an executive member, we now lead the LSA and its 280 law firm members. In Madrid, we celebrate the annual Environment Week with daily activities, taking the aim to assist in the development of sustainable practices across the office.