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July 2001

The law firm Allen & Overy has expanded its pro bono and community programme.

The ‘Values into community action’ programme is outlined in its latest community affairs report, published this month, in which the firm says it will continue to encourage staff to volunteer for both legal and non-legal community work.

The report is a condensed version of a more detailed confidential study that has been circulated to staff.

Shankari Chandran, the London-based firm’s pro bono and community affairs officer, said the internal document enabled managers to identify which departments were involved in community activities. It was then used to determine where extra effort was needed to encourage staff volunteering for community projects and pro bono work.

‘We have become especially involved in education work because a survey last year showed that this was the direction in which our staff wanted to focus their volunteering efforts’, she said.

The report shows that last year, staff at 12 of the firm’s 27 offices carried out 12,232 hours of free pro bono work to the value of $3.65million (£2.6m).

Most of this involved giving legal advice to poorer members of local communities in countries where the firm operates – including Russia, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

Allen & Overy has been shortlisted for a Community Investment Award at Business in the Community’s annual Awards for Excellence, which are to be held this month, for advice given by senior managers in an education zone.




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