Seyfarth Shaw’s London office averaged the highest number of pro bono hours in the UK last year, states the 2016 Trustlaw Index of Pro Bono survey. According to the Trustlaw Index of Pro Bono. fee-earners at Seyfarth, which has 11 lawyers in London, chalked up more than 61 hours each on average, with 40 percent of them doing at least ten hours. To read more click here.
The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global benchmark, mapping the scale and trends of the pro bono legal sector internationally. Compiled with data collected from over 130 law firms – both large and small – and representing 64,500 lawyers in 75 countries, the Index provides a snapshot of the resources mobilized by the industry in support of social causes, while also monitoring the growth of the sector globally.
The Index highlights a number of recurring factors that are key to developing a successful pro bono practice and that ‘success’ is based on one simple metric: levels of pro bono engagement. Given the vast cultural and contextual differences globally, the Index uses two primary indicators to represent pro bono engagement:
- average number of hours of pro bono per fee-earning lawyer over a 12 month period
- percentage of lawyers at a firm performing 10 plus hours of pro bono over 12 months.
The core mission of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service, is to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide to drive social change. Today, TrustLaw operates in over 170 countries, bringing together over 580 top law firms and in-house counsel teams with 2,600 of the best social impact organizations around the world. You can read more here.