Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019

Responsible Business Report 2019 Reed Smith 13 12 Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019 Improving access to justice Making a difference Pro bono legal work lies at the heart of our Responsible Business programme across EMEA. It allows us to make a positive difference to the lives of people who would otherwise not be able to afford legal advice. Our work has three main focuses: • Improving access to justice • Advising charities and not-for-profits • Supporting international human rights projects Free legal advice Our pro bono relationships include charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises and low-income individuals. Here’s how we help make a difference. For over 12 years, we have been supervising students who advise clients at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre . “Reed Smith are a central part of the history and future of the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre.” Frances Ridout, Director of QMLAC Our lawyers provide advice and support at University House Legal Advice Centre’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic . We partner with LawWorks to assist Together For Short Lives Clinic in supporting families of children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. We support Liberty’s Letter Writing Clinic and Telephone Advice Line by responding to queries on human rights. “The work that you provide to Liberty is absolutely vital to our human rights work.” Emma Norton, Head of Legal Casework at Liberty