Pro bono work is legal advice or representation provided free of charge by legal professionals in the public interest. This can be to individuals, charities or community groups who cannot afford to pay for legal help and cannot get legal aid or any other means of funding.
Dentons Hong Kong has received the Bronze Law Firm Award from the Law Society Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme 2019. This programme aims at promoting and encouraging Hong Kong legal practitioners serving pro bono and community work.
Dentons is a multinational law firm. Dentons was the world’s 5th-largest law firm by revenue, with $2.9B gross revenue in fiscal year 2019. The firm is called Dentons in all languages other than Chinese, in which it is called 大成.
Hong Kong Partner Julianne Doe was also recognised for her outstanding dedication to pro bono and community service, by being the recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award and the Individual Gold Award at the same programme.
Commenting on this achievement, Julianne, who is also Chair, Dentons’ WomenLEAD for Hong Kong, said: “These awards reflect our ongoing commitment to volunteering pro bono/community service, demonstrating creation of social value in our community and in line with our professionals’ global commitment to apply our legal and business skills, passionate commitment and boundless energy to helping others.
Not only do we get involved personally, we create a platform for young people to do so by participating in university initiatives which allow law students to come into our office and be inspired by the pro bono work we do.”
Dentons Hong Kong has a track record of assisting clients with business issues across the Asia Pacific region, including the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and India.
Given the ease of doing business in Hong Kong and its status as an international financial hub, Dentons have become highly skilled in working with specialist colleagues from around the world on truly cross-border transactions.