It gives me great pleasure to say that Unisys’ legal department in the U.K. was named as Pro-Bono Leaders among in-house legal departments in the recently announced Thomson Reuters Foundation TrustLaw Awards. This prestigious award recognises efforts by our lawyers to assist various charities, social enterprises and NGOs on a pro-bono basis.
About a year ago we decided to participate in pro-bono work by giving free legal assistance to various charities, social enterprises and NGOs in our spare time. To enable us to participate in such work we joined various recognised pro-bono networks, such as LawWorks, PLnet and TrustLaw, which operate to connect charities, social enterprises and NGOs seeking legal help with lawyers willing to provide such assistance on a pro-bono basis. In that period we were able to help various charities and NGOs, pursuing diverse, but equally worthy causes, ranging from assisting pregnant women in prisons to providing temporary asylum to people at risk of committing suicide, and from providing relief to children in Africa to running a seniors’ social club in London.
Our assistance was predominately in the area of general commercial, employment, IT and data protection laws. Working on such matters with people dedicated and passionate about causes their charities pursue was both extremely interesting from the professionally point of view and very rewarding socially and emotionally.
Unisys receiving this award was unexpected, especially with the two other nominees being GE and Merck, both of which have considerably larger legal departments. This shows that even with limited resources one can provide a meaningful contribution to worthy causes and hopefully make a positive difference.
You can watch a video here that explains a little more about the TrustLaw Pro Bono Leaders Award in 2012 and our work with Selfless and Arnold & Porter.