DLA Piper Appoints Head of Pro Bono

13 Feb, 2012

DLA Piper today announces the appointment of partner Nicolas Patrick as Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility for the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Mr Patrick is a full-time partner who practices in the area of human rights law.


Based in Sydney, Mr Patrick will divide his time between Sydney and London and will work in collaboration with Lisa Dewey, the firm’s other full-time pro bono partner based in Washington DC.


During 2011 DLA Piper performed more than 190,000 hours of pro bono legal work globally, making it one of the world’s largest legal pro bono providers.


Sir Nigel Knowles, Joint CEO of DLA Piper said: “Pro bono work is an important part of the firm’s history and it is an increasingly important part of our future. At DLA Piper, our pro bono clients receive the same high standard of service as our commercial clients. The sheer volume of pro bono work being undertaken by the firm absolutely justifies the need to have a partner managing this international practice.”


Senior Partner Tony Angel commented: “As lawyers, we have a responsibility to ensure that we contribute to the administration of justice, and our increased investment is a recognition this. Nic’s focus over the next few years will be to ensure that DLA Piper continues to be a leader in environmental sustainability, diversity, community engagement and the provision of pro bono services.”


Nicolas Patrick, Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility added: “One of the key objectives over the next few years is to develop further our pro bono practice at both a local and global level. At a local level we want to ensure that we have a leading pro bono practice in the areas in which we operate. At a global level we will continue to deliver large scale, high impact pro bono projects in developing and post-conflict countries through our non-profit affiliate, New Perimeter”.


“We are also introducing a raft of changes to encourage and facilitate greater pro bono contributions. From 1 May 2012 we will be introducing full fee-credit for pro bono work undertaken by our lawyers.”


In addition to Mr Patrick’s appointment, DLA Piper has appointed Alison Ewart as a full-time pro bono lawyer to join the practice in April 2012, Claire Donse has recently been appointed to the role of International Pro Bono Counsel, New Perimeter and Ben Eavis has recently joined DLA Piper’s corporate responsibility team as Corporate Responsibility Manager, International from Sainsbury’s, where he was Head of Corporate Responsibility.


These appointments further underlines the firms continuing commitment to pro bono and corporate responsibility. 

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