We recognise the importance of community in everything we do here at the firm.
Pro Bono work at Arthur Cox is an integral part of our sustainable business strategy. We believe that universal access to justice is essential to the rule of law.
We provide free legal services to a wide range of clients, from individual refugees and people at risk of homelessness to not-for-profit organisations and charities. Providing high-quality legal services to those without the means to pay has long been a part of the firm’s culture and part of our commitment to give back to the communities where we live and work.
We are a founding signatory to the Pro Bono Pledge Ireland, launched by the Minister for Justice in 2020, and we are also a member of the UK Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
We feel privileged to work in partnership with NGOs and charities such as FLAC, Immigrant Council of Ireland, the UNHCR, Amicus and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland who deliver frontline legal services to the most vulnerable people in the community. Through these partnerships, we develop pro bono projects to improve access to justice.
Firm-Selected Charity Partnerships
As part of our commitment to charitable work, the firm selects three principal charity partners to work with. These partnerships involve more than just financial support – assistance is also offered in relation to marketing activities, event hosting, pro bono work and volunteering. Everyone at Arthur Cox is invited to be involved in the selection process of our charity partners through a staff survey. We conducted a survey at the end of 2022 and our new charity partners are Women’s Aid, A Lust for Life and Children’s Health Foundation.
Legacy Charity Partnerships
The firm also has longer-term relations with certain charities for legacy reasons. We are pleased to continue our support of Boardmatch, the only Irish charity that specialises in not-for-profit board recruitment. Founded by the late Mary Redmond, a former partner at Arthur Cox, Boardmatch connects leading organisations with individuals who are interested in volunteering their skills for board vacancies.
The firm continues to be a long-term supporter of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), which is a legacy set up to honour our former colleague, Loretto Dempsey, who passed way after a bravely fought battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
We are also happy to continue our partnership with Rethink Ireland, as it backs the most innovative solutions to Ireland’s most pressing social issues. Through our support of Rethink Ireland we help identify charities and social enterprises working in communities across the country who need resources to nurture their ideas and effect change in their communities.
We have a number of long term volunteering partnerships with organisations such as The Early Learning Initiative, Special Olympics and St Vincent de Paul as well as assisting our firm-selected charity partners with their volunteering activities whenever possible. We also have our own Arthur Cox sustainable volunteering initiatives. We also set up the Arthur Cox Zambia Project in memory of our founder Arthur Cox, who left a legacy of community and public service that remains central to the values of the firm today. This has been a very special volunteering project, raising the standards of living in some of the most rural regions of Zambia, by developing sustainable health, education and agricultural infrastructure, hand in hand with local communities.
In addition to this, we also run the PRIME work experience for young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds that has gone from strength to strength thanks to the commitment of the firm’s volunteers. We also are a long-standing supporter of the Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland, which works with vulnerable young people and their families on their educational journeys.
The firm has also been a long-time supporter of the Trinity Access Programme Pathways to Law initiative, which has been developed in partnership with the School of Law in Trinity to inspire students from under-represented groups who are interested in the law. Our volunteers work closely with the co-ordinators on key activities, including mentoring and ‘buddying’ opportunities.
The firm is also a supporter of the DCU Access Programme and participates in their Access to the Workplace programme.
Supporting the Arts
We recognise that the arts are a fundamental component of a healthy and sustainable community. That is why we continue to support our cultural partners such as the Royal Hibernian Academy, the National Concert Hall and Business to Arts.