Last year, the firm’s London office delivered over 21,900 hours of pro bono work, compared to 16,720 in the previous year, marking an increase of almost a third (31%).
81% of the office’s lawyers provided some pro bono support with an average of 67 hours across the year.
Across the EMEA region, the firm provided over 29,000 hours of pro bono work.
Michael Skrein, Reed Smith’s EMEA Head of Responsible Business, said: “The numbers speak for themselves. We are delighted to have been able to achieve such a significant increase in the pro bono support we provide in a year that was so challenging for so many. Of course, the figures only tell half the story. Pro bono is about making a meaningful impact and our lawyers have most certainly delivered that. We look forward to continuing our ever-increasing pro bono support throughout 2021.”
Testament to the impact made by Reed Smith’s pro bono practice, it was awarded ‘Best Contribution by a Large Firm’ at LawWorks’ Annual Pro Bono Awards 2020.
The firm’s pro bono work last year consisted of its existing long-term partnerships, clinics and projects, as well as new relationships and work that the firm set up to meet changing need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.