LONDON – Global law firm Reed Smith achieved a record high level of participation in pro bono across EMEA in 2022, with 75% lawyer participation in 2022, up from 72% in 2021.

Rechtsanwälte: Michael Skrein

On average, our lawyer volunteers across the firm’s EMEA offices dedicated 53 hours to pro bono work during 2022. The firm’s Athens, Brussels, London, Munich and UAE offices all recorded 70% or higher lawyer participation in pro bono matters.

The firm’s largest office in London also achieved its best year on record for pro bono participation with 89%. The office provided more than 22,800 hours of pro bono work to charities, not-for-profit organisations and vulnerable individuals, with an average of 71 hours per lawyer.

Throughout the year, Reed Smith lawyers worked on a variety of pro bono matters, including: refugee assistance, LGBTQ+ rights, protection from domestic abuse, international human rights, and so many other important projects.

Michael Skrein, Reed Smith’s Responsible Business partner for EMEA, said: “Our lawyers have once again shown just how important pro bono is for them and the firm. We are delighted to see a record high level of participation and most importantly the difference it has made to the numerous pro bono projects that we are involved with across the globe.”

Demonstrating Reed Smith’s excellence in pro bono, the firm has been recognised with a number of pro bono awards and accolades in 2022, including winner of the ‘most effective pro bono partnership’ and joint winner with the AHA Foundation of the ‘best international pro bono award’ at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2022.

The firm was also ranked fourth among 'The Best Law Firms for UK Pro Bono' by International in 2022, and ranked sixth among the 200 largest law firms in The American Lawyer’s 2022 Pro Bono Scorecard: International Rankings.