Howard Kennedy has been awarded for the "Best Contribution by a Large Firm" at the LawWorks Annual 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.
Howard Kennedy were shortlisted among some distinguished firms and well-established pro-bono programmes, including Kirkland and Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Herbert Smith Freehills and Shoosmiths. The LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards evening hosted at The Law Society was a special night, with many inspirational stories and guest lecture by Lady Hale who also presented Howard Kennedy with their award.
Howard Kennedy's pro-bono programme was created nearly four years ago by then trainees Julia Wookey and Luke Barden de Lacroix. Since qualifying they have continued to develop and expand the programme into what it is today. The firm was recognised for the new initiatives it has undertaken this year, which included establishing a remote advice service with Toynbee Hall. The service offers free and impartial advice over the telephone to members of the community who otherwise would not be able to gain access to justice. It also noted Howard Kennedy's participation in LawWorks Honorary Counsel Scheme for its work with Action on Postpartum Psychosis and the Unpaid Wages Project.
The pro bono programme at Howard Kennedy is designed and driven by our lawyers. Nearly 30 members of the firm are involved in providing pro bono advice on a weekly basis. The firm strives to continue to grow and develop their pro bono offering.