Pro Bono Work
Arthur Cox is committed to pro bono work and to developing and maintaining a co-ordinated, focused, well-balanced and meaningful pro bono scheme. The CSR policy sets out a framework to encourage and promote the pro bono culture within the firm and recognises that certain situations may need to be addressed with a degree of flexibility.
Pro bono work at Arthur Cox is defined as the exercise of professional skills free of charge or for a substantially reduced fee for (i) disadvantaged or marginalised people who cannot afford legal services; and/or (ii) certain non-profit, charitable or community organisations. Participation in pro bono work is encouraged by the firm but is not mandatory.
From time to time the CSR Advisory Board selects partner organisations to whom the firm will provide pro bono services. Part of the pro bono capacity will be retained for projects which come from within the firm or from other external sources. We actively support the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and are supporters of the Public Interest Law Alliance.
Arthur Cox is also a member of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service.
Carolann Minnock, Pro Bono Associate
Carolann joined the firm in May 2019 and manages the firm’s pro bono practice. Carolann has a wealth of international experience in the not for profit sector, having worked for Irish Rule of Law in Malawi; as Programme Co-Ordinator for International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) in Afghanistan; and most recently as Program Manager for Asia at Internews Network based in Thailand. Prior to this Carolann worked in-house with Invesco. Carolann holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law and a Bachelor of Arts in French.
As part of the firm’s on-going commitment to developing our pro bono work, Arthur Cox is pleased to be partnering with Amicus (www.amicus.alj.org), a London-based pro bono organisation that provides legal support to those facing the death penalty in the United States The death penalty is disproportionately imposed on the most vulnerable in society and Amicus aims to provide better access to justice and to raise awareness of potential abuses of defendants’ rights. Arthur Cox is the first Irish firm to be affiliated with Amicus and joins UK firms including Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May and Linklaters.