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TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono

Updated: Mon, 11 Apr 2016

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Findings and analyses for the 2016 TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono are now available. 

The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono is an initiative of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service. The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono identifies global trends in the pro bono marketplace and looks at the amount of pro bono work law firms are undertaking on a country-by-country basis. 

The information provided as part of the TrustLaw Index is an invaluable tool to help spread the practice of pro bono around the world by highlighting successful pro bono programmes, providing benchmarks on engagement levels in different jurisdictions and demonstrating the amount of pro bono being done globally. Since the launch of the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono in 2014, it has rapidly become a central repository of information on the global pro bono sector, uncovering emerging trends and quantifying the complex ways in which the sector is evolving.

Read more about the 2014 findings and 2015 findings of the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono.

What information is collected from law firms?

  • The amount of pro bono work performed in each jurisdiction in which a firm operates
  • Levels of engagement in pro bono matters across the firm
  • The structure of pro bono practices
  • Types of pro bono matters that firms are working on

For additional guidance, please see the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono Submission Guidance, which includes the definitions of pro bono used for the purposes of the Index, and the 2016 Survey Questions. The questions are also available to download in a printable format. Please also see the answers to TrustLaw Index FAQs. These tools describe the kinds of information requested from participating law firms. The survey consists of 20 questions. 

What is published?

The only information attributable to individual law firms is: the average number of pro bono hours per fee earner per year in each jurisdiction in which the firm operates and the percentage of fee earners undertaking ten or more hours of pro bono per year.

All of the other information is collated and either published on an anonymous basis or used to inform the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono's industry analysis. This includes the structure of pro bono practices, types of matters worked on, whether pro bono is taken into account for compensation of fee earners and levels of partner involvement.

The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono is published on a country-by-country basis, not at a global level. For example, if a law firm based in India completes the survey, the firm sees how they compare to other firms working in India only.


For further information about the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono or the TrustLaw global pro bono service please contact:


Phone: +44 (0) 20 7542 0240


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