Legal Pro Bono
Ropes & Gray has a long and proud tradition of delivering legal services to those in need. Last year the firm committed some 140,000 hours to its pro bono clients. All our lawyers are encouraged to do at least 20 hours of pro bono work a year and our trainees play an important role in London programmes. From our family law clinic in Bethnal Green to analysing cases for referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission our trainees have access to a wide range of opportunities and are encouraged to innovate and take leadership roles. Pro bono work can provide opportunities to take responsibility and lead a project at an early stage in your career, developing skills and gaining valuable experience while making a vital contribution to those who need it most.
“Since starting at Ropes & Gray, I have had the opportunity to get involved in many different pro bono matters. In particular, I have worked on preparing applications for citizenship and permission to reside in the UK with Kids in Need of Defence (KIND). I have been able to work on cases from beginning to end, from meeting with the children and their parents to gathering evidence, preparing statements and eventually submitting the application.
Working with KIND has been a great opportunity to gain experience in parts of the law that are outside the normal scope of day-to-day work, as well as helping to improve my communication skills through frequent, direct interaction with the client. It is also extremely personally rewarding, allowing you to connect with the person or people who will be immediately and directly impacted by your work. It is a pleasure to see that our legal work can make a big difference to people who do not have ready access to legal services.” Samantha Bowley – 2nd seat – Finance
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
At Ropes & Gray, diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. The culture of the office is one of respect, inclusivity and the promotion of individuals; we have fostered an environment where employees from all backgrounds bring their individual strengths to work collaboratively to serve the firm’s clients.
As a part of our commitment to social inclusion, we have partnered with Rare to integrate their Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) into our recruitment process. We understand that not every applicant’s achievements look the same on paper, and the CRS enables us to further understand the context in which applicants’ experiences have been gained. The CRS helps us to recruit the very best people from a range of diverse backgrounds.
We have also partnered with SEO, who are an international organisation promoting equal opportunities and access to professional careers. We continue to look for ways to work with organisations at the forefront of inclusion issues so we can constantly evolve our culture and practices to ensure we recruit, promote and retain exceptional people from all backgrounds.
As part of the SRA diversity requirements, we have collected and processed a full breakdown of the London office’s diversity data. You can review this data by clicking the link on the right.
We are committed to making a positive impact on our local community and have a well-established volunteering and business support programme which works with identified local charities in London where we feel we can help make a lasting impact, using the skills and experience of all our people across the office, as well as through our fundraising initiatives.
We recognise the importance of environmental sustainability and are committed to reducing the office’s CO2 emissions and waste output, by embracing new projects and new ways of working that minimise the office’s environmental impact. As part of this, we are proud to say that the London office recycles 84% of our waste – an increase of 4% on the year before.