Pro bono


Our employees devote time to a range of legal and non-legal organisations.

Providing advice at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau

Our lawyers provide free legal advice to the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau to litigants in person who cannot afford a solicitor to navigate the court system and comply with civil procedure rules.

"This work is of huge importance to clients who, without the help of the RCJAB and volunteers such as ourselves, may not otherwise be able to obtain legal advice or properly understand the workings of the Court system."
Associate, commercial litigation

Providing advice to the Royal College of Art

We support students and alumni at the Royal College of Art by providing a pro-bono advice clinic on intellectual property on matters such as how best to protect the results of the students' creative efforts.

"RCA students and graduate-entrepreneurs have benefited greatly from the pro bono advice given by IP specialists at Stephenson Harwood. As well as providing solutions to immediate legal problems, the experience of meeting associates from Stephenson Harwood builds confidence in commercialising their art & design talents."
John Bound, Head of FuelRCA, Royal College of Art

Providing second hand legal textbooks across the globe

The ILBF (International Law Book Facility) provides good quality second hand legal textbooks, donated by the UK legal community, to not-for-profit organizations in need of legal research resources across the globe. Since 2005 the ILBF has sent more than 20,000 books to not-for-profit organizations across Africa, Asia, South America, Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific, and this includes several boxes of books from our library.

Partnership with Trust Law

We are a member of Trust Law, an organisation that connects lawyers in more than 170 countries with NGOs (non-governmental organisations that are non-profit, voluntary citizens' groups) and social enterprises that require pro bono legal assistance. Our lawyers can help both international and local NGOs and social enterprises with their day-to-day legal needs including, for example: establishing new legal entities and structuring advice, drafting employment contracts, giving intellectual property advice, registering trademarks, and drafting corporate and commercial agreements.

Providing advice to the Bromley by Bow Centre

Our lawyers provide support to the Bromley by Bow Centre, a community organisation, working in one of the most disadvantaged parts of London.

Providing advice to the British Asian Trust

The firm has been acting for the British Asian Trust for several years now.

Providing support to the Child Development Centre in Hong Kong

Our Hong Kong office provides support to the Child Development Centre including advice on trademarks which contributed to the Hong Kong office being accredited with the Caring Company Award.

Providing legal support to PathFinders

Our Hong Kong office provides legal and administrative support to PathFinders. Founded in 2007, PathFinders have been assisting vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers to work towards safe, legal and sustainable futures. Case managers help mothers understand their legal rights and obligations, access critical services and support networks and empower them to make decisions which are centered on their children’s best interests.

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