Pro Bono Spotlight: Asia Law Firms Giving Back to Their Communities

Posted on February 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM

International law firms are in a unique position to have a significant positive impact for individuals in need, local communities and our planet and its natural resources. A sterling example of that outreach, Linklaters LLP has donated thousands of hours to various events, non profit organizations, and endeavors to assist refugees worldwide.

Linklaters' annual donations to the British Red Cross and other humanitarian partners are allowing for quick relief and aid to displaced refugees in the mediterranean, and their pro bono work many other services have provided legal advice and aid to asylum seekers and migrant workers fleeing from human trafficking slave labor. They have also been hard at work with the European Council for Refugees in Exiles (ECRE) to review cases in various European nations in an attempt to protect the rights and interests of refugees seeking asylum in those nations.


Many Law firms with offices in and around the Asia have done numerous other work in the growing global crisis. From engaging in pro bono work for refugees, asylum seekers and university students, to donations and funding for public works and outreach assistance, here are a few highlighted law firms that ahve taken the idea of lending a helping hand to a whole new level.

Allen & Gledhill Community engagement Singapore
Arendt & Medernach Supporting local art and young artists Luxembourg
Ashurst Support for migrant workers United Kingdom
Azmi & Associates Scholarship Programmes Malaysia
Bae, Kim & Lee Assistance to asylum seekers and migrants South Korea
Baker & McKenzie Pro bono work United States
Clifford Chance Anti-human trafficking work United Kingdom
Deacons Raising legal awareness; fundraising Hong Kong
DLA Piper Startup help for young entrepreneurs United Kingdom/ United States
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Assistance for university financing; soap recycling United States
Holman Fenwick Willan Assistance to refugee claimants United Kingdom
Hogan Lovells Women and girls empowerment; working with social enterprises United Kingdom/ United States
Herbert Smith Freehills Working with charities; development of CLE programme Australia/United Kingdom
KarimSyah Arbitration courses; coordinating small dispute resolution bodies Indonesia
Kim & Chang Legal academy; assistance for North Korean defectors South Korea
King & Wood Mallesons Support of charities; pro bono legal services, internships Australia/China
Linklaters Assistance to centres for orphans; pro bono help for refugees United Kingdom
Mayer Brown JSM Forum for professional women; charitable donations United Kingdom
MahWengKwai & Associates Fundraising for relief aid; Supported Organ Donation Malaysia
Rajah & Tann Charitable donations; criminal legal aid scheme Singapore
Reed Smith Richards Butler Anti-human trafficking efforts; ocean conservation work United States
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Fundraising activities; legal aid clinics; donation drive Singapore
Thomas Philip Supported Charities including "Light Up Borneo" Malaysia
WongPartnership Pro bono work; charities and community outreach Singapore
Yoon & Yang Pro Bono legal representation to foreign and migrant workers South Korea

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