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IN HOUSE PRO BONO DAY 2024

Join us!

In-House Pro Bono Day (IHPBD) is back on Wednesday 24 April  2024 in its spiritual home, The Law Society in London!

 

We’re hosting a full day of in-person and online pro bono and volunteering initiatives for in-house teams across all industries to support those who are long-term unemployed back into work (Suited & Booted, Dress for Success and Westminster Kingsway College), social entrepreneurs (Hatch Enterprise) and small charities (LawWorks). Sessions come in one hour slots so join us for an hour, the full day or anything in between!

Book also to attend the celebratory Pro Bono Reception in the Great Hall at the Royal Courts of Justice, straight after the volunteering ends. Click the link, Get Tickets, and then scroll down to GC100/In house tickets.

We’ve designed this event and your legal team - you can easily share this event with them by forwarding the Eventbrite link above. We will have workshops for both legal professionals and qualified lawyers within your legal division.

 

If you have any questions at all, drop us an email - we hope to see you there!

 

Are you or your colleagues based in Birmingham, Dublin and Frankfurt?

We’ve gone global for this event this year! We’re delighted to announce that the IHPBD will also be held, in-person in Birmingham, Dublin and Frankfurt on the same day! Drop us an email to let us know if you and/or colleagues would like to be attend in these locations – details on these global events to follow.

Please see the full schedule of events below

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EVENT OBJECTIVES:

  • Pro Bono Activities: To provide in house lawyers with a dedicated day to engage in pro bono activities.

  • Professional Development: To create opportunities for in house lawyers to apply their legal skills in pro bono activities and deepen their understanding of pro bono legal matters.

  • Networking: To encourage collaboration for in house lawyers to connect with like-minded peers, share experiences, fostering a supportive and innovative community of legal professionals interested in pro bono.

IN PERSON: Employability Festival

Join us to equip long-term unemployed adults, from Suited & Booted, Dress for Success Greater London and Westminster Kingsway College with the skills and confidence to secure meaningful employment.

Time 

Activity 

Description 

9.00-9.20

Arrivals

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09.20-09.30

Welcome

Weil Gotshal to formally welcome attendees

9:30-10:30

Speed networking

2-3 volunteers will host a table and beneficiaries will visit the table and spend around five minutes talking to the volunteers about their job, their career, and what a typical day in their role looks like.  Volunteers are required to put the beneficiaries at ease, share their career journey, and answer any questions they may have.

10:30-10:45

Break

Short Break

10.45-12.15

CV workshop & Mock interviews

CV workshop: Working in small groups, volunteers will ask their beneficiary to talk them through their CV (hard copies will be available on the day) before discussing ways in which they could strengthen it.

 

Mock Interviews: In small groups, volunteers act as ‘employer’ and interview a beneficiary for a role. The aim is to simulate a real-life interview and we encourage volunteers to make it as real as possible. Using the candidate’s CV as a guide, volunteers ask a range of competency-based questions and strength-based questions.

12.15 - 12.30

Wrap up and close

Wider group discussion

12.30 - 1.30

Lunch

A hot buffet lunch will be served - volunteers and beneficiaries are welcome to stay -

arrivals from other charities expected at this time – beneficiaries and morning volunteers depart after lunch

End of morning session

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IN PERSON: Upskill and Connect: Grow Your Venture

For innovative entrepreneurs from Hatch Enterprise and to meet, connect and network with lawyers and business professionals to seek guidance and information to grow their enterprise.

Time 

Activity 

Description 

13.30 - 13.45

Welcome

Weil to formally welcome attendees

13.45-15.15

One Stop Shop: Meet legal and business experts to grow your venture

  

A legal and business clinic for entrepreneurs. We are looking for:

  • lawyers with expertise in IP, Employment and Corporate (finance/tax/contracts) law and

  • business professionals working in Marketing, Human Resources and Accountancy to:

 

alongside other volunteers, host a table, on their area of business to provide on-the-spot guidance and information to entrepreneurs with challenges, questions or queries on specific areas in your respective areas.

Queries and questions will be sent to volunteers in advance and entrepreneurs will be required to sign a disclaimer to confirm that the information they receive doesn’t constitute as legal advice.

15.15 - 15.30

Break

short break

15.30 - 16.00

Practice your elevatory pitch

 An opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with lawyers and business professionals to hone their elevator pitch and seek feedback

16.00 - 16.15

Wrap up and close

Wider group discussion

16.15-17.00

Drinks and networking

All volunteers throughout the day are welcome including members of the In House Pro Bono Group who weren’t able to attend during the day itself.

 

5:45 - 7:30 : CELEBRATION OF IN HOUSE PRO BONO AT THE RCJ

Book to attend the celebratory Pro Bono Reception in the Great Hall at the Royal Courts of Justice, straight after the volunteering ends. Click here, chose Get Tickets, and then scroll down to GC100/In house tickets.

REMOTE / ONLINE ACTIVITY: LawWorks Online Legal Training for Charities

Equip small charities and not-for-profits with the legal knowledge to protect and enhance their mission.

Time 

Topic

Session will cover

09.45 - 10.45

Real Estate / Property Law

Landlord issues, Building maintenance liability, Leasing land, Business rates

11.00 - 12.00

IP / Data Protection

GDPR 101, Transferring or protecting IP, Data protection best practice

12.15 - 13.15

Commercial Contracts

Contracts 101 – different types of contracts and when to use them, Tips on how to review a contract, Boilerplate clauses

13.30 - 14.30

Employment

Managing employees vs. managing volunteers, Managing free-lancers/contractors, Dealing with employee issues/complaints

14.45 - 15.45

Charity Governance

Ensuring governing documents are fit for purpose, Having the right policies in place, How to get the best out of your trustees

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End of session

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