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Pro bono

Law for change

We provide free legal services in the public interest (pro bono) to a wide range of clients, from individual asylum seekers to some of the world’s biggest charities. We believe everyone should have effective access to their legal rights, and focus our effort on promoting access to the rights of our target groups, including women, children, LGBTQ+ people, trafficking survivors and refugees.

Our aim is to have the greatest possible impact on access to justice and access to opportunity, through deep relationships with our ongoing pro bono clients and by proactively supporting them in addressing systemic issues. Our pro bono clients are clients of the firm: we don’t distinguish internally between paid work and pro bono, and often bring together cross-border, cross-practice teams as needed.

Our pro bono clients also benefit from the skills of our business services professionals (for example, from our IT, marketing and human resources departments). And we work with legal teams at our corporate clients to support their pro bono activities, and collaborate on projects that meet our shared objectives. To find out more about our work, see the detailed case studies listed below.

Our performance

Last year over 1,300 lawyers across 29 offices...
...gave over 80,000 hours of free legal work...
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...on 471 matters for over 250 pro bono clients

Click here to read more about our global pro bono practice in numbers.



Social Justice award 2021

Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Asia Pacific awards - developing an app for Justice Centre Hong Kong

Best Law Firm for UK Pro Bono 2021

Number one ranking

Recipient of 2024 City Bar Justice Center Award for Pro Bono Service and Community Impact

Sanctuary for Families’ 2023 Above & Beyond Awards

Recognition as an Excellent Case Team