Kingsley Napley is committed to being a responsible member of the legal profession. It also tries to make a material contribution to the wider community.
Providing pro bono help to people who need legal assistance but cannot afford it forms an important component of our community focused activities.
Respect for the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, the assertion and defence of human rights including the right of access to justice, and challenging miscarriages of justice are principles which have always been at the heart of the Firm’s values, and at the centre of our business operations.
We have a long history of standing up for such principles and rights and of facilitating access to justice, at home and abroad, for clients and others, including on a pro bono basis.
Representing the family of activist Stephen Biko at the inquiry in South Africa which followed his death in police custody in the apartheid era, conducting a large number appeals on behalf of convicted prisoners incarcerated on ‘death rows’ throughout the world, and nearer to home, giving advice which ultimately led to a judicial review challenge in relation to criminal legal aid, and more recently assisting a small charity on reviewing documents for a federal writ on a death row case in the US are just some of the cases which the Firm has been involved in over a period of several decades.
In March 2015 we created the role of Pro Bono Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating pro bono culture and structure at the Firm.
We support a number of pro bono organisations and projects on an on-going basis, including, by way of examples, the RCJ Advice Bureau (in respect of which this Firm is one of twenty City law firms who own and manage the Bureau as a charitable concern), and a weekly advice line run by the charity for patient safety, Action against Medical Accidents (otherwise known as AvMA).
The Firm encourages all its members to engage in pro bono activities alongside and in addition to their normal duties. Such participation is however voluntary, not mandatory.