This week, 2 -6 November, is National Pro Bono Week, created by various charitable organisations to spread the pro bono movement around the world. It's an opportunity to "showcase business professionals who volunteer their professional expertise throughout the year, and to inspire more local communities to provide valuable pro bono services to local organizations serving the public good."
To mark Pro Bono week, Mishcon de Reya is proud to promote the new and existing initiatives that form its award winning social impact programme. The firm asks every lawyer to complete 50 hours pro bono work every year and every non-lawyer 25 hours of volunteering.
To celebrate the start of Pro Bono Week 2015, below is an outline of two of Mishcon de Reya's key pro bono initiatives:
Pink Law: Five years ago, the firm launched Pink Law in conjunction with the Legal Advice Centre of the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London to give free and impartial legal advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Lawyers from Mishcon attend the centre on a monthly basis during term time to supervise second and final year law students as they advise clients on a range of legal issues, including: discrimination; civil partnership formation and dissolution; cohabitation issues; immigration; wills and probate; and hate crime.
SPITE: Since February this year, Mishcon de Reya has been assisting the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre in running its revenge porn project, SPITE (Sharing and Publishing Images to Embarrass). The SPITE project provides victims of revenge porn with specialist free legal advice. The SPITE project brings together undergraduate law students from Queen Mary University with volunteer lawyers from Mishcon de Reya to provide bespoke advice to victims, working closely with the Revenge Porn Helpline to ensure that clients have full assistance in removing images which are posted online.
Director of External Affairs at Mishcon de Reya, Lisa Tremble, commented:
"Social responsibility is at the heart of Mishcon de Reya's core values. We understand that lawyers are well positioned to impact society and we use their specific skills and experience to effect positive change through our social impact programme. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved so far, with over 35% of the firm now taking part in pro bono activities. Pro Bono Week is a fantastic platform to showcase the great initiatives we are involved with and to find out more about many other worthy causes."
Throughout the week, Mishcon de Reya will be sharing some of their other social impact initiatives.