LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2021

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The LawWorks Pro Bono Awards recognise and celebrate achievement in legal pro bono work, undertaken by organisations and individuals, and the commitment of the legal sector in enabling access to justice.

The Annual LawWorks Pro Bono Awards and reception will be held on 7th December, at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London. The event will be livestreamed from 6:30pm and is free to watch.

The LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards are kindly sponsored by Lexis Nexis, the Law Society of England and Wales and by Salesforce. 

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The nominees for the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2021 are:

Best Contribution by a Small or Medium Firm

  • Emma Williams Family Law
  • Kobre & Kim
  • Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre

Best Contribution by a Large Firm

  • Bates Wells
  • Dechert
  • DLA Piper
  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Sidley Austin
  • Travers Smith

Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award

  • Jonathan Andrews, Reed Smith
  • Lucy Clifford, Travers Smith
  • Hemna Fargi, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • Natasha Hunter Jones, Baker McKenzie
  • Lucy Scaramuzza, Baker McKenzie
  • Liljana Shehaj, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • Lucy Winnington-Ingram, Reed Smith

Best Contribution by an Individual

  • Simon Bruce, Dads House Family Law Clinic
  • Jonathan Gilmour, Travers Smith
  • Naga Kandiah, MTC Solicitors
  • Rachel Mathieson, Bates Wells
  • Louise McCarthy, Sidley Austin
  • Emine Mehmet, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • Charles Wynn-Evans, Dechert

The LawWorks Cymru Award

  • Aberystwyth University Family Law Clinic
  • Cardiff Lawyers Care Advice Clinic
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • University of South Wales Legal Advice Clinic

Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic

  • Anglia Ruskin University Law Clinic
  • BPP University Legal Advice Clinic
  • Dads House Family Law Clinic
  • The Student Legal Advice Centre, University of Derby
  • University of South Wales Legal Advice Clinic
  • Whitechapel Legal Advice Clinic

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Best International Pro Bono Award

In partnership with Advocates for International Development:

  • Clifford Chance
  • DLA Piper

Best New Pro Bono Activity

  • Charity Registration Pilot Project: Bates Wells, Morgan Lewis and Reed Smith
  • EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS): Coram Children's Legal Centre and Linklaters
  • Housing Advocacy and Access to Legal Advice Project, University of Chester
  • Maternity Action Pro Bono Partnership
  • “People Like Us - Know Your Rights”: Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre with Allen & Overy, Bank of New York Mellon, Bloomberg, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, Duncan Lewis and Howard Kennedy
  • Pro Bono Intellectual Property Service, Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre

Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership

  • Afghanistan Assistance Programme: Ashurst, Reed Smith and Safe Passage
  • Asylum Aid with Akin Gump, Ashurst, Cooley, Dentons, Freshfields, Latham & Watkins, Morrison & Foerster, O'Melveny, Orrick, Reed Smith, Skadden and White & Case
  • Bloomberg EMEA Legal and Compliance Department, Ropes & Gray, Simmons & Simmons and Willkie Farr & Gallagher
  • Equally Ours and Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Pre-action Protocol Project Partnership with DLA Piper, Deighton Pierce Glynn, Care4Calais and Human for Rights Network
  • Windrush Compensation Scheme: United Legal Access, Ashurst and Ropes & Gray
  • ZEUSS Project: Praxis, Akin Gump, Baker McKenzie, Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft, Mishcon de Reya, Orrick, Simmons & Simmons and Skadden


The judging panel for the awards were:

  • Manda Banerji, Chair of the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division
  • Yasmin Batliwala, Chief Executive of Advocates for International Development
  • Clare Carter, Joint Chief Executive of the Access to Justice Foundation
  • Chris Minnoch, Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group  
  • Paul Rogerson, Editor of the Law Society Gazette 

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