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LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2017 – Toynbee Hall partners make the shortlist

Published: 10 Nov 2017


We are thrilled to announce that two of the pro bono partners supporting our Free Legal Advice Centre have been shortlisted for a prestigious LawWorks Pro Bono Award 2017.


Allen & Overy LLP is shortlisted in the ‘Best International Firm’ category, in recognition of their almost 15-year pro bono partnership with FLAC at Toynbee Hall. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is then shortlisted in the same category for their work in supporting FLAC’s women-only legal advice clinic; a partnership which also successfully reached the shortlist in 2016.

Raj Panasar, Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton said, “We are delighted to support Toynbee Hall's women-only legal advice clinic. This award nomination recognises the dedication of the Toynbee Hall team and our female attorneys to this fantastic service, which supports those who need it most in the local community. We look forward to continuing this successful pro bono partnership in the years to come.”


Sarah Henchoz, Advice Clinics Partner at Allen &Overy said “Our support for Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre has been one of Allen & Overy’s core pro bono activities for many years. Our fee earners thoroughly enjoy and get so much from all of their hard work on behalf of Toynbee Hall. As an adviser myself, I see first hand how valuable FLAC is to its clients at a time when free legal advice is increasingly hard to access. I am very proud of the positive impact of our partnership with Toynbee Hall and the local community in Tower Hamlets.”


Julia Wookey, a solicitor at Howard Kennedy LLP, has also been shortlisted for the Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award. Julia has done great work in establishing Howard Kennedy’s pro bono volunteering at FLAC, and is herself a hugely dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer.

The panel of judges includes Mick Antoniw, Counsel General, Wales; Alison McKenna, Principle Judge, Charity Tribunal; Paul Rogerson, Editor-in-chief, Law Society Gazette; Bryan Scant, Chair, Junior Lawyers Division, and Chris Minnoch, Operations Director, Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG). The Awards ceremony will take place on 5 December at the Law Society in London, with awards presented by Hilarie Bass, the President of the American Bar Association. 

Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall Jim Minton said, “We are absolutely delighted to see the invaluable work of two of FLAC’s biggest supporters recognised in this way. Pro bono partnerships at FLAC are absolutely vital to the sustainability and success of the service, and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate our partners’ contributions, and to thank them for all that they do to support us.”