Travers Smith Director of Pro Bono, Sam Cottman, along with CSR & Diversity Director Chris Edwards, Associate Maya Chandegra and Trainee Alice Allen recently joined the latest episode of the Chambers Student Podcast focused on pro bono work.
In this podcast, the participants discuss the growth of the firm's Pro Bono Practice and give an insight into some of its major projects, including, work being carried out as part of JUSTICE's expert working party investigation into the over representation of BAME youth in the criminal youth justice system, and the firm's Domestic Violence Advocacy Unit (DVAU), which was launched earlier this year and provides advocacy services for victims of domestic violence referred to us by the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV). Maya and Alice also discuss why they wanted to get involved with pro bono work and the opportunities that are available for junior lawyers to support the Pro Bono Practice.
Since the appointment of Sam Cottman as the firm's first Director of Pro Bono, the Pro Bono Practice has been structured into four key pillars, which include: climate, environment and sustainability, diversity and inclusion, vulnerable groups and rule of law. Throughout the year the programme has seen the rollout of projects with organisations such as The Chancery Lane Project, Charity: Water, the Green Finance Institute and the NCDV. You can read more about our work in this area here.