Singapore In-House Legal Counsel Pro Bono Guide

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In recent years, pro bono legal projects have experienced a major surge in popularity among in-house legal teams around the world. It’s a trend that has emerged from the United States, where the number of in-house pro bono legal projects has substantially increased over the past ten years.

In Singapore, the growth in popularity of pro bono work has recently been met with a number of reforms to the Legal Profession Rules. The reforms enable Singapore Qualified Lawyers without a practising certificate to undertake certain types of pro bono work.

In-house lawyers, who often do not hold a practising certificate, have been able to capitalise on these new opportunities to ensure they contribute to their organisations’ broader corporate responsibility objectives. Pro bono programs are known to improve engagement and retention and as such assist employers in remaining competitive in the recruitment market, and moreover, have the potential to make a significant contribution to providing access to justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

At DLA Piper, pro bono is an important aspect of our past and is an increasingly important part of our future. Our culture and policies encourage pro bono service and volunteerism because community involvement is an essential part of who we are. Our goal is to be a leader in the area of pro bono service delivery in the places where we have a presence.

We have gained extensive experience in pro bono partnerships. As an extension of our own commitment to promoting human rights, access to justice and pro bono, we have produced this guide to assist in-house lawyers and corporate legal teams in establishing and managing pro bono projects of their own.

It is our hope that this guide will inspire you and your organisation on your own pro bono journey.