DLA Piper received three awards at the 2015 UK LawWorks Pro Bono Awards which celebrate the pro bono legal assistance provided by organisations and individuals across the country to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.
The firm was awarded ‘Best Contribution by an International Firm’ award taking into account not only the great amount of pro bono assistance that DLA Piper UK lawyers have contributed over the past year – over 26,000 hours- but also the quality and innovation of the practice. The firm runs a network of 15 legal clinics across 7 UK cities, providing legal assistance and representation to vulnerable people in areas such as unlawful detention, citizenship and welfare benefits, as well as delivering legal education and empowerment programmes.
The ‘Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership’ award recognised DLA Piper’s work with the Coram Children’s Pro Bono Legal Service, a legal advice clinic that the firm runs in conjunction with Allen & Overy, offering citizenship advice and assistance to children and young people. The clinic works with UK-born children who have a right to become British citizens, but who face obstacles when exercising this right in practice and whose cases lie outside the scope of civil legal aid.
The ‘Best Contribution by an Individual’ prize was awarded to senior associate, Jennifer Deakin, who has been volunteering for the Manuel Bravo Project in Leeds since 2008. She leads teams of lawyers providing free assistance to asylum seekers, many of whom are no longer eligible for legal aid.
The original press release may be found here on DLA Piper’s website.