Dentons

Name of Company:Dentons

Dentons for Poplaw Legal Advice Clinic

Global law firm Dentons set up Poplaw Legal Advice Clinic in Tower Hamlets 10 years ago. Dentons lawyers staff the drop-in clinic 50 weeks of the year, offering free legal advice to local residents who may otherwise struggle to access legal advice. Dentons lawyers are supported by law students from nearby Queen Mary, University of London, some of whom have become trainee solicitors at Dentons.

Since opening, Poplaw has provided over 10,000 hours of advice on issues such as debt, housing and welfare to 4,500 clients, 90% of whom rate the service highly. The clinic has saved the local community £4.8 million in legal fees and Dentons plan to open a second clinic in 2017. 

“To have Poplaw in our neighbourhood is an essential lifeline for many of our residents. The service reflects what good CSR looks like” Babu Bhattacherjee, Poplar HARCA.

 

Impacts

  • Drop in clinic staffed 50 weeks a year
  • 10,000 hours of free legal advice provided
  • 4,500 clients served, 90% of whom rate the service highly
  • £4.8 million saving in legal fees to the community