Getting Involved as a Law Firm, Chambers or Company

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Besides getting as many employees involved with LLST events as possible, there are several key ways that commercial companies can help the London Legal Support Trust.

Direct donations

LLST is hugely lucky to receive donations directly to boost our funds to distribute to those who apply for grants to us. Consider making us your charity of the year or recipient of excess funds this year and receive tax relief on the money you donate.

Sponsorship opportunities

We actively seek sponsors for fundraising events and hope to give those companies that choose to support us in this way a unique opportunity to be recognised alongside LLST and market themselves to our supporters. For information about what we offer for each event please contact us.

“Many of our key pro bono projects rely on strong partnerships with the advice sector – we strongly support the [LLST centres of excellence] programme which rewards and promotes good governance, helping to create a more robust and sustainable advice sector.”

Head of Pro Bono, Magic Circle Firm

Match funding

Many organisations offer match funding for the charitable efforts of their employees. When getting involved with our events, from taking part in the London Legal Walk, to running a marathon, to baking for justice in the Great Legal Bake, be sure to enquire about match funding at your organisation as you may be able to double the amount you raise!

Donate proceeds

If you hold a seminar or other event for clients or similar on a regular basis we would be most grateful if you thought to donate the proceeds from that to LLST.

Client account interest

Allen & Overy donates the interest earned on their client account monies to LLST which has been a wonderful source of funds additional to their support of our events; contact us to discuss how this can be done.

Pro Bono Surgeries

Many of the free legal advice centres we support hold advice clinics, most of which run in the evenings. A number of these need more individual volunteers, or corporate partners. If you are a law firm looking for a new partnership, do get in touch as we know of several organisations who would be interested.

In these times of ever more restricted government and charity funding, legal advice agencies will look to corporate support to fill the void in funding for services which they provide. The help of large firms and chambers is needed far and wide, and it is a function of LawWorks and Advocate to try to spread that help so that it isn’t only distributed among the limited number of agencies close to city centres.

As well as volunteer advisors, there are many ways you can get involved; we know that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes cover far more activity than just pro bono advice. In addition to ad hoc help and advice to such agencies, firms and chambers can build productive pro bono partnerships with particular agencies and it is possible for those relationships to develop beyond standard pro bono arrangements and become fully-fledged CSR partnerships.

The needs of legal advice centres are particularly suited to the resource capacity of large corporate law firms, and this type of relationship best allows for both parties to maximise the benefits of being partners. This type of CSR relationship, as suggested above, normally starts with a pro bono partnership. This is the easiest form of support that a firm can give to an advice centre, and crucially is one of the easiest to terminate if the partnership does not flourish; beginning such a relationship is relatively risk-free

In-kind donations & non-legal pro bono

One important way in which law firms and others support LLST is through in-kind donations and they really are invaluable. If you think you might be able to offer us a product or service that would help us or the agencies we work with, please do get in touch.

Charities and free legal advice organisations are just like any other organisation or business and they have organisational needs. They often don’t have much in the way of managerial resource or support staff and anyone interested in helping who has the skills listed below would be very gratefully welcomed! Different organisations will require different help – for some a one-off piece of work or advice would be great, others would really benefit from linking with a person who has these skills to consult as and when they need some help. Tell us what you can offer and we will hopefully find the best way for you to help.

  • Office Space Planning
  • IT / Technology
  • Finance (from bookkeeping to budgeting and forecasting)
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing / Comms
  • Media Skills
  • Design / Printing

Some examples of who helps this way at the moment (and to whom we are extremely grateful) are:

The Access to Justice Foundation kindly provides the public liability insurance for all of the sponsored walks LLST holds as well as support in a number of other practical ways. We are very pleased to be working closely with them and the other regional support trusts.
Allen & Overy provide a wonderful range of support to LLST, including undertaking much of our design and printing work for free, processing gift aid forms, allowing us to use of their meeting rooms, and much more.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hugely helped with the design and printing for our events, including the design and print of London Legal Walk maps and posters. They have also made a number of short videos to help with publicity for the London Legal Walk and other events.
Herbert Smith Freehills for helping with the design and printing for the Great Legal Bake.
Norton Rose Fulbright kindly host the start venue of Walk the Thames.
Simmons and Simmons designed our logo and first posters in 2003 and continue to help to this day. They have also provided pro bono support to do with IP.
The Law Society for being the headline sponsor of the London Legal Walk, helping with comms and providing a fantastic end venue pro bono.