Shearman & Sterling has been ranked third in Law.com International’s Best Law Firms for UK Pro Bono, 2021. The rankings were released during the U.K.’s 20th annual Pro Bono Week.
The top 10 firms were selected based on six key metrics: the total number of pro bono hours worked in the U.K. in the last financial year; the number of pro bono hours per fee earner; the percentage of lawyers doing pro bono; the number of full- or part-time pro bono professionals; whether pro bono work counts towards lawyers’ utilization targets; and how the firm’s efforts were rated by their peers.
Out of all the firms, Shearman & Sterling measured the highest number of pro bono hours per fee earner. The firm was also recognized for its extensive pro bono work during the pandemic to support the National Centre for Domestic Violence in helping vulnerable individuals—many of whom were unable to leave their situations due to lockdowns—with obtaining emergency injunctions against their abuser.