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WWL Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year 2019: Clayton Utz

The 2019 Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Award is presented to Clayton Utz in recognition of the outstanding work that the firm has undertaken over the past 12 months. Clayton Utz’s pro bono practice has been running for over 20 years and has helped out on over 1,300 matters in the past year alone. Among the many important cases the firm takes on are the representation of low-income and vulnerable individuals in Australia who cannot obtain legal aid.

WWL Pro Bono Survey 2018: Analysis

WWL is delighted to present the results of its fifth annual pro bono survey, which highlights the work of firms around the world in making a positive impact to the communities they work in.

WWL Pro Bono Survey 2018: Leading Firms

This year saw a diverse and consistently strong set of submissions, which made choosing our top firms all the more difficult. While conducting this year’s Pro Bono Survey, what was most apparent was the continued commitment from all of the firms towards tackling significant issues in their own communities, and upholding the rule of law and making it accessible to all. While this may sound clichéd, it is these things that make this project worthwhile – and compel us to this year recognise the firms below:

WWL Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year 2018: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

The 2018 Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Award is presented to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in recognition of the superb work that the firm has undertaken, particularly for the help it has given to disenfranchised and refugee communities within the United States and those seeking citizenship from abroad.

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


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

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