Name of Company:Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Programme Name:Freshfields London Community Programme
Staff in London:1732
Freshfields pro-bono and community investment programme enables participants to use their skills, expertise and commitment to work on some of the key issues that affect some of London’s communities: homelessness, quality education, employability and access to justice. Their programme started over 35 years ago, but has moved from business philanthropy to more strategic activities over the past few years.
Freshfields staff volunteer across a number of activities, including coaching and mentoring, literacy and numeracy programmes and work experience – all of which are key to raising the aspirations, achievements and employability skills of young people in London.
One of their greatest achievements in London has been the launch of the Children’s Legal Service Unit following their three year sponsorship of Shelter’s work to end child homelessness.
Freshfields believe that access to legal advice is fundamental to a thriving society and encourage their staff to use their professional skills at a number of legal advice drop in centres throughout London.