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Success for Toynbee Hall's pro bono partners at 2017 LawWorks Awards

Published: 8 Dec 2017


We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, one of the pro bono partners supporting our Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), emerged triumphant at the 2017 LawWorks Pro Bono Awards.

Originally shortlisted in the ‘Best International Firm’ category, Cleary Gottlieb were chosen as the winners for their outstanding work in supporting FLAC’s Saturday women-only legal advice clinic.

The women-only legal advice clinic provides a safe environment for women across London to seek legal assistance, dealing with a wide range of legal issues from employment and housing law to domestic violence and family law.

Since the beginning of the partnership in 2015, over 25 attorneys in Cleary Gottlieb’s Women’s Working Group have volunteered with the service, showing exceptional enthusiasm and dedication. The wider firm has also been a fantastic supporter of and advocate for our work over the past two years, most recently raising £5,000 for Toynbee Hall by taking part in the Victoria Park Race on 2 December.

“We are delighted to win this award, which recognizes in particular the incredible energy of our associates and trainees. In dedicating themselves to pro bono and community projects in addition to their very busy billable workloads, they exemplify the values of professional responsibility and good global citizenship that we hold dear at Cleary Gottlieb. Our work with Toynbee Hall’s women-only Free Legal Advice Centre has been truly inspiring, and we look forward to continuing our support of this excellent organization over the years to come.”

Raj Panasar, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

“Volunteering at Toynbee Hall has been a hugely rewarding experience. It is a great way to put the skills I am learning at Cleary Gottlieb into practice and to contribute to Toynbee Hall’s fantastic efforts in the East End of London.”

Christine Barthelemy, Trainee Solicitor, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 5 December at The Law Society in London, with awards presented by Hilarie Bass, the President of the American Bar Association and a great advocate for pro bono work both in the USA and the UK. Winners were chosen in nine categories representing the breadth and range of pro bono delivery across the profession in England and Wales.

Toynbee Hall pro bono partner Allen & Overy were also shortlisted for their long-term support of FLAC’s employment clinic, and Howard Kennedy’s Julia Wookey was highly commended for her work in initiating and leading her firm’s pro bono work for Toynbee Hall.

A huge thank you to all our pro bono partners and individual volunteers at the Free Legal Advice Centre, all of whom are integral to the provision of the service, and to enabling vital access to justice for communities across London.