Lawyers can help not only people in marginal situations

Pro bono legal aid in 2019-2020 involved human trafficking cases or representing the parents of murdered journalist Ján Kuciak.

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The largest law firms in Slovakia have provided the concrete pro bono activities they are involved in and how many hours they spend on this agenda to The Slovak Spectator newspaper for the very first time.

It is more or less a market standard that law firms allocate some of their capacities to pro bono activities, as it is part of their corporate social responsibility. Some law firms even plan to increase their capacities devoted to pro bono work or pick a concrete person to deal with this agenda. The most significant law firms active in this field are, according to last year’s number of pro bono hours per lawyer, Squite Patton Boggs, Hamala Kluch Víglaský, TaylorWessing, Poláček & Partners and Dentons Europe.

Three basic fields

Pro bono references should serve as a positive example to the whole market, explained Ján Pallo, responsible for the Largest in Law’s ranking methodology.

“This year, we’ve compiled a list involving only law firms where every lawyer spent more than three working days with a pro bono agenda last year,” he said. “However, we’re planning a more complex insight into this segment in the future.”

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