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 160,000 hours to its pro bono clients around the world and all our lawyers are encouraged to do at least 20 hours of pro bono work a year. Our trainees play an important role in our London and Asia programmes. From advising at 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.
Recent projects include:
- assisting the work of the North Kensington Law Centre after the Grenfell Tower fire
- successfully piloting a programme helping undocumented minors with Home Office applications to remain in the UK
- supporting teams of Ropes & Gray lawyers as they work to reunify families separated at the Texas border
- successfully appealing welfare benefit decisions at tribunal
On joining Ropes & Gray I immediately became involved in the pro bono programme helping prepare an application for the Criminal Cases Review commission which involved several visits to our client in prison. Through my pro bono work I have been able to use my wider skill set and engage in work that is completely different from my day-to-day tasks, gaining new responsibilities and experience handling clients. This helped develop a range of skills and build my confidence.
In July 2018 I had the opportunity to travel to Ruaha National Park in Tanzania for a week with Lawyers Without Borders where I assisted with the training of wildlife officers, police officers, prosecutors and elders in the local communities on anti-wildlife trafficking issues: human-wildlife conflict, poaching investigations and other legal processes connected with poaching and conservation. We covered crime scene investigation, interviewing witnesses, testifying in court, the applicable laws in the community and resolving human-wildlife conflict. I gave presentations, organised practical activities and played interactive games which Ropes & Gray helped to produce.
This was a great opportunity for me to deliver the training materials I had worked on and improve my presentation and communication skills. It was a privilege to work among the community members who have dedicated their lives to preventing poaching of elephants and other animals in Ruaha National Park.
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 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 variety of volunteering opportunities to allow our employees to share their skills and experience.
Our London Charity committee works to encourage participation and support from the whole London office to ensure maximum impact for the organisations we partner with. Our current London office charity partner is West London Mission (WLM), who work across London to empower people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma to live more fulfilling lives.
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.