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Pro bono and community investment

Pro bono and community investment work has been at the heart of our business for decades.

It began formally in the early 1990s with our lawyers volunteering at free legal advice clinics, and has grown into a global programme of work that sees us support access to justice, education and employment for tens of thousands of vulnerable people around the world each year. 

Our work is designed to make a real impact. We bring together teams of lawyers and professional support staff from across our network to share their knowledge and experience on international projects, as well as focusing on the local communities close to our offices.  Where possible, we collaborate with our clients, peers and other organisations to increase our social impact.

News and insights

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Publications: 21 June 2022

Responding to the refugee crisis on Ukraine’s border

Two A&O volunteers on the frontline of the Ukrainian refugee crisis talk about their efforts.

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Publications: 13 June 2022

A&O contributes to new report on the torture of LGBTIQ+ persons across Africa

We hear from three of the lawyers who helped to prepare the report with international NGO REDRESS.

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News: 25 May 2022

Six law firms collaborate to support launch of the Black Equity Organisation, the UK’s new national Black British civil rights organisation

London – Law firms Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Slaughter and May have collaborated to assist with the development and launch…

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Publications: 13 January 2022

Legal mechanisms to tackle racial injustice

The events of 2020 were a tipping point for many law firms in supporting access to justice for minority groups.

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Pro bono and community investment activity

Employee stories

Julian Moore

Partner – New York

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Aoife O'Reilly

Associate – London

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Niels de Waele

Senior Associate - Antwerp

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Peter Banks

Partner, London

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