LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2019

The annual LawWorks Pro Bono Awards will be celebrated at an Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London.

We are delighted that Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, will be speaking at our Awards event.

The awards celebrate the best legal pro bono activities undertaken by organisations and individuals and the positive impact they have had on those helped. This year features a new category the 'Best International Pro Bono Award' in partnership with A4ID.

The LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards are kindly sponsored by Lexis Nexis.

Shortlisted nominees

Best Contribution by a Small Firm

  • A City Law Firm
  • Emma Williams Family Law
  • Fry Law
  • MTC & Co Solicitors

Best Contribution by a Medium Firm

  • Curtis Law Solicitors
  • Milbank
  • Morrison & Foerster

Best Contribution by a Large Firm

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Howard Kennedy
  • Kirkland & Ellis International
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Shoosmiths

Best Contribution by an In-House Team

  • NatWest Legal
  • Visa

Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award

  • Imene Hamdi-Cherif (Ashurst)
  • Emily Henderson (Milbank)
  • Maryam Oghanna (Herbert Smith Freehills)
  • Aoife O’Reilly (Allen & Overy)
  • Laura Pattison (Baker McKenzie)
  • Jacob James Turner (Baker McKenzie)

Best Contribution by an Individual

  • Nazir Ahmed (Lincoln’s Chambers Solicitors)
  • Jasmine Ashley-Tagoe (Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre)
  • Samantha Burns (Aston University)
  • Dianne Cowie (Duncan Lewis Solicitors)
  • Andrew Lidbetter (Herbert Smith Freehills)
  • Ravi Kaur Mahey (Duncan Lewis Solicitors)
  • Cherry Swift (DLA Piper)

The LawWorks Cymru Award

  • Aberystwyth University Family Legal Clinic
  • Cardiff Law School Pro Bono Clinic
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • University of South Wales Legal Advice Clinic

Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic

  • Anglia Law School Law Clinic
  • Cardiff Law School Pro Bono Clinic
  • Exeter Family Court Clinic
  • Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic
  • University of South Wales Legal Advice Clinic

Best International Pro Bono Award – in partnership with A4ID

  • Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Morrison & Foerster and Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Dechert
  • DLA Piper
  • Equal Rights Trust, Praxis, Sandzak Committee and Ashurst

Best New Pro Bono Activity

  • BID Exceptional Case Funding Project: BID, Ashurst, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dechert and Orrick
  • Dracaena Webcam Advice Project: Dracaena Community Centre, Legal Advice Centre (University House), Charles Russell Speechlys, Ropes & Gray and White & Case
  • Remote Advice Service: Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre and Howard Kennedy
  • Right to Care Pro Bono Programme: Mencap, Fieldfisher, Orrick and Shearman & Sterling
  • Rights of Women: Sexual Harassment at Work Advice Line
  • Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic

Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership

  • Asylum Support Appeals Project: Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields
  • Mencap Legal Network Pro Bono Programme: Fieldfisher, Shearman & Sterling, Orrick, IBM the University of Liverpool and a Barristers panel   
  • National Centre for Domestic Violence, Dentons and NatWest Legal
  • Open Justice Prison Partnership: The Open Justice Centre (The Open University) and St Giles Trust
  • Partnerships in Clinical Legal Education: Central England Law Centre, Coventry University and Allen & Overy
  • Safe Passage, Ashurst and Reed Smith
  • Women Only Advice Clinic and PIE Project: Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre and Cleary Gottlieb
  • Working Families Legal Advice Team: Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Kingsley Napley, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lewis Silkin, Dentons, Reed Smith and Shearman & Sterling.  

Judging and the awards event

The judging panel for the 2019 awards are:

  • Amy Clowrey, Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division
  • Andrea Coomber, Director, JUSTICE
  • Ruth Daniel, Chief Executive, Access to Justice Foundation
  • Simon Davis, President, the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Jeremy Miles AM, Counsel General for Wales and Brexit Minister
  • Chris Minnoch, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Practitioners Group
  • Paul Rogerson, Editor-in-chief, Law Society Gazette
  • Adam Tear, Chair of the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Linden Thomas, President, Birmingham Law Society

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