Responsible business

Pro bono

We are committed to promoting and contributing to access to justice. Through our Pro Bono programme, our lawyers use their passion to make a real impact on the community surrounding our office and beyond. 

"Three people working. One person pointing at a document.

Started by two Howard Kennedy trainees, our pro bono programme is designed and driven by our lawyers. 

Through our initiatives, everyone benefits. Our lawyers – from paralegal to partner – can develop their legal skills and diversify their experience across a range of matters, while also giving back to the community. And the organisations that we work with get access to the expertise of our lawyers and the help they need. 

We currently support Toynbee Hall and LawWorks. 

Toynbee Hall stands for "a future without poverty". Our lawyers take part in their free legal advice clinic every week. We advise individuals on their rights and provide them with general legal advice including civil liberties, public law, civil litigation, and debt advice.


Meanwhile, LawWorks connects us with charities and not-for-profit organisations without the funds for legal advice. We help them to expand and continue their services to the community and understand a range of issues facing them from property law matters to dispute resolution.


The overarching principle for all of our pro bono cases is that we must only take on a case if we can do the work to the same high standard that we give our fee paying clients.

Law Works Pro Bono Award 2019. Text on award reads

Howard Kennedy win Best Contribution by a Large Firm at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2019

This award recognises the hard work and time dedicated by Howard Kennedy to their pro bono programme and the help they have given disadvantaged groups who otherwise would be without legal advice.