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Allen & Overy’s pro bono partner, Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC), joins other advice agencies to set up a ground breaking pro bono initiative for migrant children in the UK

 

Coram Children’s Legal Centre is one of the award winning advice agencies that will be coming together to help set up a scheme modelled on Kids In Need of Defence (KIND). Co-founded by Angelina Jolie-Pitt and the Microsoft Foundation, KIND provides pro-bono legal support for children with immigration issues in America. The Children’s Pro Bono Legal Service, a programme set up in February 2015 by CCLC with the support of Allen & Overy, will form a key part of KIND UK. 

Noel Arnold, Director of Legal Practice at CCLC said: “This is a much needed and welcome partnership which will enable greater numbers of vulnerable children and young people to receive vital legal assistance with applications for registration as British Citizens.” 

“The Service, which last year won the prestigious Law Works award for most effective pro bono partnership, is successfully helping young people, who would otherwise struggle to access their legal rights, to confirm their citizenship status. This in turn enables them to progress with their education, and have much-needed stability in their lives.” 

Arnondo Chakrabarti, partner at Allen & Overy, comments: “We are incredibly proud of our work with CCLC on the Children’s Pro Bono Legal Service. This news is proof that the system works and will continue to work for a greater number of children in the future. We look forward to continuing to support CCLC and KIND UK going forward.” 

CCLC’s Children’s Pro Bono Legal Service has taken on approximately 48 cases since it began with over 60 solicitors from Allen & Overy and DLA Piper receiving specialist training and being supervised by a specialist solicitor from CCLC. So far, Allen & Overy lawyers have assisted eight children to gain British Citizenship, with further applications under consideration by the Home Office.  The Service recently won the Legal Week Innovation Award for CSR Innovation. 

The new pro bono partnership will be led by Central England Law Centre (CELC). The UK’s scheme partners are: CCLC, the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) at Islington Law Centre and Legal Services Agency, Glasgow. All the agencies involved are recognised as leaders in the field of children’s rights law. 

 

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