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Pro Bono and Citizenship


Across our global network, we strive to address and resolve our clients’ complex business challenges. Whether our client is a multinational corporation or an innovative charity serving a community with urgent needs, we focus on building relationships to deliver the best possible outcome. 

With a large number of offices around the world, our people see every day how essential the rule of law is to the functioning of a civil and inclusive society. Our pro bono and citizenship initiatives reflect that global outlook by focusing on building the rule of law, social inclusion, capacity building and the far-reaching implications of climate change.

We are intensely proud to contribute to the work of clients who are thought-leaders and innovators, helping them to achieve important social change. Inspired by our clients and by our professional responsibility as lawyers, social impact and a sense of justice underpin everything we aspire to achieve as a responsible business.

At Herbert Smith Freehills our Pro Bono and Citizenship initiatives fall broadly within the following four areas:

  • pro bono legal services
  • community partnerships
  • sustainable business practices
  • business and human rights

Whether it’s a multi-jurisdictional pro bono legal matter, fundraising for a worthy cause, or working with our own supply chain to embed best practice, we focus on building relationships so that we obtain the best possible result for everyone involved. That requires collaboration with other offices around the Herbert Smith Freehills network, with our suppliers of goods and services, with our pro bono clients, and with the communities in which we operate.

And while today’s business environment presents complex challenges, it’s also an exciting time to be a responsible global professional services business. We are uniquely placed to respond to a range of needs that exist in the communities and regions in which we do business. We are rising to the challenges and opportunities of an interconnected world in which human rights abuses and climate change have the potential to affect every community. And we are committed to the process of creating a truly sustainable professional services business.