Latest news in pro bono work

Our deep industry knowledge and excellence in client service are also reflected in the work we do with our communities. Here are some examples of the pro bono work we've carried out recently.

Australia: Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

Working with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation in negotiating $1 million philanthropic grant and research to be conducted under the grant, measuring success of early literacy programs in Aboriginal communities.

Australia: Mission Australia

Initially, we assisted with outsourced trade mark and branding work, and conducted a branding education seminar for legal and marketing teams. Now, we provide strategic advice regarding brand portfolio and assisting in day-to-day trade mark issues

Australia: Social Ventures Australia

Assistance in drafting a suite of commercial documents for the general counsel and in negotiating a TMT transaction.

Australia: Médecins sans Frontières

We provided strategic advice around privacy issues and implementation of a new HR system in Australia.

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France: Assistance to Fonds Urgence Identité Afrique

Bird & Bird is providing legal assistance to this organisation whose aim is to address the problem of the lack of civil identity on the African continent and in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, where 95 million children under the age of 5 have not been registered at birth.

France: Association marseillaise

Bird & Bird assists Association marseillaise which works for the prevention of school harassment by raising awareness among children in schools about the illegality of harassing behaviour in the school environment and cyber harassment, which often characterise acts of racial and sexual discrimination via social networks.

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Germany: Düsseldorf team supports sports foundation Turnverein Ratingen

Partners Martin Nebeling and Jiri Jaeger and Associate Björn Schigulski have recently advised sports club Turnverein Ratingen on employment and corporate matters. The advice related to the sports club's new foundation which will help give children and adolescents from socially disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to participate in popular sports. The opportunity came about thanks to Martin's connections with the sports club's committee through his involvement with the Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

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Jiri Jaeger  

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Germany: Munich office advises European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI)

Under the lead of partners Ulrich Goebel and Joseph Fesenmair, our Munich office has advised high-profile organisation European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). This is a pan-European organisation representing parents and scientific experts who aim to improve the long-term care of preterm and newborn infants with illnesses, while also providing support for their families. Our firm's assistance to the EFCNI has focused on negotiating sponsorship and licence agreements, trademark protection and advice on general commercial law.

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Singapore: Pro Bono legal counsel

We are the long term legal counsel to a number of prominent industry associations in Singapore, whose work spans sustainable development, climate mitigation and other worthy causes. 

Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS): SEAS is a prominent non-government and non-profit business association that represents the interests and provides a common platform for companies in Sustainable Energy sector to collaborate and undertake viable projects together.
SEAS has grown steadily and runs a suite of excellent training programs for the clean energy and energy management sectors. It provides thought leadership via white papers and has a key role to play in Singapore’s reputation as a global Clean Energy hub. Sandra Seah sits on the Board of SEAS and BB SG runs legal clinics and act as the pro bono legal advisor to SEAS. We also sit on the energy management and start up working committees.

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Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS): We are a long time member of Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), Singapore's national lead agency promoting Corporate Sustainability. GCNS is the local chapter of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) network.

As part of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) network, GCNS encourages and facilitates the progress of companies that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with UNGC’s 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption at the country level.  As the national society promoting CSR in Singapore, Global Compact aims to encourage collaboration between CSR stakeholders in businesses, government and civil society to create long-lasting value for the community. Through various platforms for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action, the national society aims to advance responsible business practices and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), supporting Singapore’s goal of becoming a sustainable nation. Sandra Seah BB SG is the pro bono legal advisor to GCNS, currently involved in projects on carbon mitigation and sustainability for SMEs.

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Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC): The Singapore Green Building Council forges public-private partnerships to foster innovative industry solutions across the entire building and construction value chain. Through its green building product and green building services labelling programmes, SGBC sets high standards and benchmarks for green building solutions both locally and regionally to help build more sustainable cities for better living. As Singapore’s representative on the World Green Building Council, SGBC actively contributes to the global green building movement by sharing expertise and knowledge during international conferences and events. BB SG is the pro bono legal advisor to SGBC, and have a sound reputation for our work for EE and ECM.

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Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS): WMRAS was set up in 2001 to represent and promote the interests of its 150-odd members who include mainly General Waste Collectors and recycling companies. It also seeks to upgrade and professionalise the industry as well as work with the government and community to promote recycling in order to create a more sustainable living environment. Sandra Seah sits on the EXCO of WMRAS and BB SG is the pro bono legal advisor to WMRAS.

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Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association of Singapore (HFCAS): The newly formed Association, the first hydrogen association in Singapore comprising government agencies, trade and industry players and hydrogen professionals, aims to promote the use of hydrogen and fuel cells in the Singapore context to help Singapore decarbonize and move towards a greener energy mix for power generation, mobility and industrial applications.

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UK: South Westminster Legal Advice Centre (SWLAC)

The SWLAC is based in Westminster London and offers free legal advice on a drop-in basis to the Westminster community and beyond.

12 of our lawyers and trainees volunteer on a rotational basis to offer advice on a range of issues including housing, employment, debt, consumer issues, bankruptcy, wills and personal injury.

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UK: Prince's Youth Trust

Russell DellarPartners Russell Dellar and Struan Penwarden have both been selected as panellists for The Prince’s Trust.

Russell has been volunteering with the Trust since 1993 and is a panel member of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, a part of the Trust that gives loans and grants to young people who would like to start their own business but don’t have the resources due to misfortune, disability, disadvantaged background or any circumstances where funding or personal finances are not a possibility.  

Russell and the panel volunteers review the business cases, conduct interviews with the candidates, make recommendations and award the grants and in Russell’s case, give free legal advice and act as mentor as well where required.

Struan PenwardenStruan was recently appointed as Surgery Mentor for the Trust’s Enterprise Programme. The Programme offers unemployed 18 to 30-year-olds support to explore and test their ideas, write business plans and subsequently start their own businesses or achieve alternative outcomes in education, training, volunteering or work. If their business ideas are viable and approved, the Programme offers both financial assistance and mentoring support to start their business.
Surgery mentors support young people who are still deciding between self employment and employment. They help to shape the young persons ideas and act as a sounding board and bring experience and knowledge that the individual may not have had access to previously.

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UK: University of the Arts London - Own-It

Through the Own-It programme, our experienced IP lawyers based in London provide free legal advice to creative arts graduates to avoid being taken advantage of as they begin exploiting their intellectual property (IP) for commercial purposes. On top of providing advice, our lawyers also regularly attend the Own-It to present seminars that help students to understand how to protect their IP.

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UK: Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme

Through this scheme individuals and businesses receive free legal advice concerning the possible impact of the European Union Competition Rules and national competition law on business activities in the UK or the European Economic Area.

Competition Partner Richard Eccles and solicitors Nina Cummins and Joseph Ward provide free expert advice through the Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme to individuals and businesses who believe that their rights under competition law have been infringed or who are concerned that they may be infringing.

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UK: Earth Champions

Earth ChampionsBird & Bird is proud to work with Earth Champions; a not for profit organisation which strives to inspire people, especially youth, and to involve world communities to create a positive climate of hope and increase the proportion of people, communities and businesses consciously working for the benefit of the environment.

Bird & Bird has been working with Earth Champions to establish a new company limited by guarantee and seek charitable status by lodging an application for registration with the Charity Commission. Some of our lawyers have also provided pro bono advice in relation to confidentiality agreements with third parties, protecting the Foundation’s intellectual property, and working with the Foundation in creating employment contracts.

Every four years, in the city hosting the summer Olympic Games, the Foundation runs a Quest to discover the people’s environmental solutions which helps to inspire community action, health and long-term happiness. Quests have been completed in Hong Kong, Switzerland and Australia, and the Foundation will be showcasing the outstanding Earth Champions for one day, the week prior to the start of the 2012 London Olympics.

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Singapore: Pro Bono legal counsel

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