Access to justice

As a major international firm, we have a role to play in enabling communities around the world to secure fair access to legal advice and justice.

Community legal clinics

Community legal clinics are a vital part of the framework allowing some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society to access free, impartial legal advice thus making a real difference to people's lives. Clyde & Co lawyers provide advice in person, via Skype and full casework assistance and governance advice.

In the UK, we run weekly clinics in Brent, Lambeth, Manchester and Surrey, and our secretaries provide crucial typing support using digital dictation technology.

Internationally, the firm supports community legal clinics local to our regional offices. These include in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Montreal, Perth, and in MENA.

I don’t know how I’d survive without [the typing service]! The secretaries do urgent work that I simply [could not] do without their help. They [show] great enthusiasm... I can’t praise them enough.

Katie, Solicitor at Lambeth law Centre

Social welfare law

In response to changes in legal aid qualification, lawyers in our London office are working in conjunction with LawWorks to represent individuals suffering with disabilities at first tier tribunal appeals.

The London office also runs a monthly pro-bono clinic for their local hospice, Richard House, providing assistance to families in challenging the suitability of a family's accommodation and ensuring the suitability of a child's care package.

[Legal assistance] has been a huge support to our families, knowing that they can speak to people who care and are genuinely there to support them through their matters. Clyde & Co are respectful of our families and professional throughout, and have shown dedication to the work.

Shahina Haque, Richard House Family Support Services Manager

Expertise for Charities and NGOs

We seek out innovative opportunities to use our global reach and core business expertise to make a significant impact to charities and NGOs and help with their establishment and operational needs.

For example, we have advised charities, NGOs and schools on applications for charitable status in Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha and internationally, using our expertise in emerging markets

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Above: Clyde & Co. lawyers with children supported by Manzil Centre in the UAE

We are currently providing pro bono advice to The Start Network on their parametric insurance policy, which by mitigating climate risk prevents slow onset droughts from becoming full blown flood crises.

We are very grateful for the invaluable support and advice that the Clyde & Co team are providing to The Start Network, as we launch an exciting new insurance initiative in the humanitarian sector.

Sean Lowrie, Director of The Start Network

Clyde & Co is a founding firm of Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts (LVFA), which aims to provide free legal advice to low-income arts and cultural organisations. We have just completed a complex two-year pro bono matter, supporting a new arts charity with complex intellectual property advice and drafting a new lease.

We are very grateful for the pro bono support from Clyde & Co to complete our lease and related advice around this issue. We simply could not have made this transition without their sustained pro bono support. I cannot recommend the LVFA scheme enough.

Emily Druiff, Executive Director, Peckham Platform

If you would like to get involved with any of the activities listed above, please contact Debbie Watson for more information.