Our lawyers and law students routinely provide pro bono legal services to help those who have difficulty in accessing the justice system.

Pro Bono Initiatives: Canada

Our recent pro bono activities include representing the Vancouver-based Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in a landmark case before the Supreme Court of Canada. We also helped Espoir d'enfants (Children's Hope) Orphanage and School create a foundation that has raised $1.3 million in donations to rebuild after the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010.

Pro Bono Initiatives: London

Fasken Martineau advised Drapers' Academy and its sponsors, the Drapers' Company and Queen Mary University of London, on the acquisition of a nearby junior school, and on the conversion of the Drapers' Academy into a Multi-Academy Trust. This marks the largest pro bono transaction in which the London office has been involved.

Pro Bono Initiatives: Johannesburg

Fasken Martineau has a dedicated pro bono department consisting of three professionals. In addition, attorneys are required to do pro bono work within their areas of expertise. In order to facilitate its pro bono commitment Fasken Martineau is a member of Pro Bono.Org, a non-governmental organisation that facilitates the provision of free legal services to clients from communities in need.

Fasken Martineau provides legal advice and legal representation in employment, housing, refugee, maintenance and domestic violence matters. The firm also partners with NGOs to provide access to justice in local communities, staffing two legal advice helpdesks in Soweto and Lenasia.

Since 2004, Fasken Martineau has partnered with Artist Proof Studio (APS) to invest in the future of young artists in South Africa. The firm sponsors up-and-coming artists and hosts an annual art exhibition, legal seminars and workshops led by the firm's junior lawyers to provide the artists with basic legal skills to achieve success in the market and protect their creations.