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We act free of charge for clients ranging from individual asylum seekers to some of the world’s biggest charities.

Pro bono

At Freshfields you can have a positive impact through pro bono work promoting access to justice and access to opportunity.

Internally, we don’t distinguish between pro bono and other client work. From a billing perspective, our pro bono hours are classed the same as client hours.

Our award-winning pro bono work is focused on supporting the legal rights of our target groups. Last year we gave nearly 50,000 hours of pro bono advice to over 250 clients, from individual victims of human trafficking to some of the world’s largest charities.

Often, you’ll be using your specialist legal expertise to help charities which work to promote the rights of our target groups. Often, these charities face the same legal challenges as our paying clients. For example, we have advised Save the Children around the world on dozens of mandates, including helping them respond to the Ebola crisis in 2014.

At other times you might be providing advice or representation direct to individuals. We build on the experience and connections we gain from this work to act on strategic mandates that bring about systemic change. In London and in the US we act directly for victims of human trafficking, including the Tower Hamlets Law Centre, an advice service providing a diagnostic drop in centre, casework support and court representation to local residents. We also act for specialist charities such as ATLEU and the AIRE Centre in strategic cases.

Last year we gave nearly 50,000 hours of pro bono advice to over 250 clients
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