In recognition of either a single law firm, in-house team or chambers or a wider association of law firms, this award will be given to those in the industry that have made the strongest overall contribution to corporate social responsibility. Reference can be made to a range of areas, including pro bono and community activities, environmental and workplace initiatives (such as those promoting greater diversity) and responsible client selection.
2017 WINNER: Gowling WLG
Collaborated with Lloyds Bank, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Deutsche Bank and others to create Suited for Success, which provides appropriate interview clothes for homeless and long-term unemployed people trying to return to work. Fifteen months after launch, Suited for Success was formally registered as a charity.
There has been a drive in both Greenwich and Lewisham to encourage individuals to set up in business as an alternative to employed work. With this in mind, Bond Dickinson partnered with the University of Greenwich to open The Small Business Clinic in September 2016, which is proving to be a lifeline to those businesses that use the service.
CMS CAMERON MCKENNA
A two-year strategic partnership with War Child has seen CMS raise over £500,000 for the charity, helping to support over 52,000 children caught up in war zones. In addition to raising critical funds, CMS lawyers provided over 3,000 pro bono hours on a variety of projects, worth £1m in total.
Dechert has a close relationship with the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT), a charity set up by plastic surgeons to help rebuild the lives of those affected by accident, disease or birth defect. Over the past five years, the firm has transformed the charity’s organisational and financial structure, helped it fund clinical trials and provided some crucial employment and IP advice.
Dentons' lawyers have provided over 10,000 hours of free legal advice to the residents of Tower Hamlets through its legal advice clinic, known as Poplaw. In autumn 2016, the firm celebrated the tenth anniversary of this initiative. More than 4,500 clients have been served by the clinic, representing £4.8m in chargeable time and contributing to a very significant saving for the local community.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games marked the culmination of Hogan Lovells’ role as official legal services provider to the British Paralympic Association. In the 12 months leading up to Rio 2016, lawyers and support staff dedicated over 5,000 hours to the BPA relationship.