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.
Read below stories from some of our current trainees and former trainees who are actively involved in our pro bono initiatives.
Victoria Lloyd “Pro bono is a great way to expose yourself to new work, gain new responsibilities and meet new colleagues. As a new trainee especially, you can often be more hands on and ‘frontline’ with pro bono work than when on a transaction, which can really help build confidence, as you are trusted with large tasks from day one and expected to take full responsibility for them. I think working on pro-bono projects alongside other fee earning work is the best way to develop a well-rounded and insightful personal practice and a key way to becoming a more experienced and valuable part of the firm.”
Harriet Slater “Having only joined Ropes & Gray a year ago I am already involved in three of the firm’s biggest projects. 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.”
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.
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.