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Enter the WWL Pro Bono Survey 2018

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We are now accepting submissions for WWL's fifth annual Pro Bono Survey. All firms undertaking pro bono work are welcome to submit. The deadline for submissions is Friday 20th October 2017. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Stuart McMillan (stuart.mcmillan@whoswholegal.com).

WWL Pro Bono Survey 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal is pleased to present the results of its fourth pro bono survey. Once again, the survey was open to firms around the world of any size, and its goal was to provide insight into the efforts firms go to give back to the jurisdictions and communities they work in. Firms were invited to fill in a questionnaire detailing, among other things, the size of their pro bono departments; the overall engagement of partners, non-partners and trainees in the firm; the average number of pro bono hours conducted by fee earners; as well as details of the most significant projects firms took part in during the survey period. We would like to thank all of the firms participating for the time and effort spent helping to put the survey together. The profile of firms participating and performing well this year is somewhat different to previous years – we received strong participation from Latin America and Asia, but less from international firms, or those in Europe or the USA. As ever, the results are limited in that they only reflect those firms that submitted to the survey; they are not necessarily reflective of pro bono practices of all firms. What the results do demonstrate is the strong levels of engagement with this type of work among firms of all sizes, as well as those in smaller jurisdictions. All of the results in this survey are based on work conducted in 2015.

WWL Pro Bono Survey 2017: Leading Firms

While conducting this year’s Pro Bono survey, one of the most evident things for us was the strong commitment from all of the firms towards building a better society and securing access to legal representation for the most vulnerable in their respective communities. While all the firms that participated in our survey are making valued contributions, the following 10 stood out as examples of best practice: Barbosa, Müssnich e Aragão Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Kim & Chang Lee & Ko Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados Pérez Bustamante & Ponce Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie Von Wobeser y Sierra Wakhariya & Wakhariya Yulchon

WWL Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: Kim & Chang

Kim & Chang collecting their Pro Bono Firm of the Year award, 15 May 2017

The 2017 Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Award is presented to Kim & Chang in recognition of the multifaceted pro bono work that the firm undertakes, its belief in innovation in the field and the leadership shown by both senior management and the firm as a whole in giving to and being a part of the wider community in Korea. Who’s Who Legal had the privilege of interviewing the firm’s chairman of the committee for social contribution, Young Joon Mok. He spoke passionately about the pro bono practice and how it hopes to continue expanding its already impressive portfolio.

Enter the WWL Pro Bono Survey 2016

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The WWL 2016 pro bono survey deadline is Friday 2 September 2016. The following survey is open to all law firms from all jurisdictions. 

An Interview with Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: Morrison & Foerster

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The 2015 Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Award is presented to Morrison & Foerster in recognition of the long-standing pro bono tradition at the firm and the inspiring level of senior buy-in. In an exclusive interview, its members discuss what makes the practice stand out from others and how the firm maintains such a high level of participation among its lawyers. 

2015 Pro Bono Survey

In response to the growing attention to the practice of pro bono, Who’s Who Legal decided to commence tracking the progress of institutionalisation among law firms in 2013. Now in its third year, the survey – which is open to law firms of all sizes from all jurisdictions – provides a valuable insight into the culture of pro bono within the legal profession. This year’s survey has been remodelled to allow for a deeper analysis of the systems in place to enable law firms to carry out pro bono work. Furthermore, it looks into the relationships between clients and their law firms – be they in the form of collaboration on projects, or clients asking their legal counsel for details on the work they have been involved in. 

Leading Firms

There is a strong tradition of ensuring access to justice among the legal profession and this year’s survey responses once again highlight the commitment by law firms and their practitioners to giving back to their local communities. While all firms who took part in the survey are making valued contributions, the following 10 firms stood out as examples of best practice. Clayton Utz Kirkland & Ellis DLA Piper Kim & Chang Latham & Watkins Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Morrison & Foerster Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe    Schulte Roth & Zabel    White & Case

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