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You can use the law to make a difference through pro bono work focused on access to legal rights for women, children, the vulnerable, the LGBT+ community, trafficking survivors and refugees.

We take our pro bono work seriously, and we expect you to as well. At Freshfields, you won’t distinguish between pro bono and other client work. Our pro bono clients range from individual asylum seekers to some of the world’s biggest charities.

We often bring together cross-border, cross-practice teams to deliver the highest-quality advice and maximise our impact. For example, as Stonewall’s pro bono partner, we help create Global Workplace Briefings that illuminate the situation for LGBT+ people in a number of countries. And we support Save the Children from 22 of our offices worldwide.

Your pro bono work could draw upon the latest legal thinking, like using decision-tree tech to help society’s most vulnerable access justice. And you could be leading the way in developing innovative solutions such as social impact bonds (SIBs), which are changing how social projects are funded.

You can also choose to get involved at a much more individual level, providing advice or representation direct to individuals. We act directly for victims of human trafficking referred by NGOs such as the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU). We also send volunteers to legal clinics such the Tower Hamlets Law Centre (which we’ve supported for 45 years).

We’ll use the experience and connections you gain from this work in strategic mandates to bring systemic change, such as our class action suit for Iraqi and Afghani visa applicants facing mortal danger. 

Our pro bono work also respond to the needs of our local communities, including helping small businesses through coronavirus lockdown and advising on a new ventilator developed to aid those most seriously affected by COVID-19.

Visit our pro bono site to find out more.

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