We appreciate just how well-positioned we are as lawyers to have a positive impact on society. So, we try to use our expertise and experience, allied to the passion for justice that made us want to be lawyers in the first place, to do good.
Each year we provide free legal and professional services to individuals and organisations that cannot otherwise afford them.
We want everyone who works at Mishcon to have this kind of positive impact from their first day with the Firm.
Legal Advice Clinics
Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
Supporting the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre in two of their award winning pro bono legal projects: Pink Law and SPITE (Sharing and Publishing Images to Embarrass). Pink Law supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients seeking legal advice on a range of issues relating to family law including civil partnership formation and dissolution, cohabitation and adoption. SPITE is a "revenge porn" advice service, assisting those who find that their intimate images are shared online without their consent.
Mary Ward Legal Centre
Members of our employment team regularly volunteer at the Centre which provides free legal advice in debt, employment, housing and welfare benefits for Londoners on low incomes.
Pro Bono Highlights
B Lab UK
B Lab UK supports purpose driven companies seeking to secure B Corp certification. The accreditation is granted to businesses who meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Companies supported by Mishcon who have successfully obtained the certification include Proper Corn, The Big Issue, Finisterre and Abel & Cole.
Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)
In a landmark case brought forward by the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC), the High Court in London ruled the £1,012 fee the Home Office charges children to register as a British citizen unlawful. The case, supported by Amnesty International, was brought by three claimants; two children aged 3 and 12 both born in the UK and the PRCBC. The judgment requires the Home Office to reconsider the fee and ensure that children's best interests are taken fully into account.
The National Care Force
The National Care Force is a new initiative allowing people to volunteer and assist social care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Set up by the team behind Florence, a staffing platform for the social care industry, the nationwide network of healthcare workers and other volunteers support our social care services in looking after the most vulnerable members of society.
Tusk Trust supports and fosters projects which seek to provide the greatest conservation benefit across the continent of Africa, protecting endangered wildlife and investing in local communities. The charity was restructured in order to make way for a new protected framework and registered a new charity entity with the Charity Commission, which would then merge with the existing charity. The Charity Commission reviewed and approved the application within 46 hours.
Bliss is a UK charity working to help premature and sick babies and their parents. It sponsors specialist nursing and research, provides a helpline as well as written and online materials. It also lobbies Government in respect of neo-natal issues. We provide pro bono advice on a number of issues, most recently on GDPR and website policies and terms and conditions, property issues and employment law.
Meals for the NHS
Meals for the NHS started fundraising at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide healthy, hot food for NHS staff. We have assisted with pro bono legal advice on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, allowing the organisation to focus on delivering sustenance to those on the front line.