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Hundreds of children to benefit from innovative pro bono legal project
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Top global law firms Allen & Overy
and DLA Piper have teamed up with leading children's legal charity Coram
Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) to launch a new collaborative legal project
that will help hundreds of children currently without legal support to access
The project will provide
quality, free-of-charge legal representation so that children with a right in
law to become British citizens can exercise that right.
The Children’s Pro Bono
Legal Service will be led by a solicitor at CCLC, who will supervise volunteer
lawyers from the partner firms in undertaking pro bono legal casework. Unlike
many other pro bono projects, this ground-breaking new service will offer
end-to-end legal representation to children and families so that their cases are
seen through to full completion.
Many of the children and
families assisted by the project are amongst the most vulnerable in the UK and
would otherwise be unable to access any legal assistance in an area of law where
no legal aid is available.
Jo Swaney is the expert
immigration and nationality solicitor who will lead the project:
'By involving volunteer
lawyers from our partner firms we can deliver a much-needed, high-quality
service for children who have the legal right to become British citizens. Often
children in these circumstances have to rely on piecemeal or no legal support,
whereas this model sees their entire case taken on from start to
finish.Arnondo Chakrabarti, a Litigation Partner from Allen & Overy
offers them stability and the chance to access the same opportunities as other
children in the UK.
We hope this project
will be an effective showcase for a new model for using pro bono in the
provision of legal services.'
who is overseeing this project for the
‘Allen & Overy is
excited to be part of such an innovative and collaborative project where we are
able to use our legal skills to help children access their entitlements as
British citizens.’Adam Cooke, an Intellectual Property Partner at DLA Piper
, and Pro Bono Champion for the project, says:
‘Access to justice is
one of the key focuses of DLA Piper's UK pro bono programme. I am extremely
proud to oversee this project, and believe it will be a unique opportunity for
our lawyers to change the lives of disadvantaged children and their families for
The project has been
generously funded for 3 years by Unbound Philanthropy