Hogan Lovells pro bono partnership with RBL celebrated with Legal Week CSR Innovation Award

Hogan Lovells was recognised for CSR Innovation at the Legal Week Innovation Awards on Friday, for its partnership with the Royal British Legion.

Now in their third year, the Legal Week Innovation Awards celebrate firms and teams who are working on precedent-setting, game-changing projects and initiatives, and are a mark of recognition of outstanding achievement within the profession. Hogan Lovells was shortlisted in six categories: Business Development Innovation, Client Management Innovation, CSR Innovation, Diversity Innovation, HR Innovation and Knowledge Management Innovation.

The firm received the award for CSR Innovation for its 10-year partnership with the Royal British Legion (RBL), through which it provides legal advice, representation and emotional support to veterans and bereaved Service families to pursue their cases.

Hogan Lovells is the only UK law firm to have a dedicated pro bono programme that specifically supports veterans in War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunals, and the families of those who have died during service, in Coroner's inquests.

Notable high profile cases on which the firm has partnered with RBL include representing 11 individuals involved in the nuclear test programme conducted on Christmas Island/Maralinga in the 1950s before the First Tier War Pensions Tribunal, and representing four families at a Coroner's inquest into the death of five service personnel killed in a Lynx helicopter crash in Afghanistan in March 2016. In addition, Hogan Lovells has represented over 25 clients injured in service at War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation First Tier Tribunals in the last 18 months alone.

Instrumental to the partnership with RBL have been Global Head of Litigation, Arbitration and Employment Michael Davison and partner Rupert Sydenham, with counsel Paul Chaplin, Dan Armstrong and Anna Mills; in addition to partners Nathan Searle, Matthew Bullen, Alastair Shaw and Ruth Grant; consultant David Graves; and associates and senior associates Tom Mylrea Lowndes, Alex Hohl, Oliver Humphreys and Rupert Goodway.

Commenting on the award, Hogan Lovells International Pro Bono Director Yasmin Waljee said:

"This is brilliant and well deserved recognition for all our lawyers who support RBL, veterans and their families. This support is life-changing for individuals who would otherwise face tribunals or Coroner's inquests alone, as in many cases Legal Aid is not available and these cases are often complex and intimidating, especially without experienced legal representation. The firm's work ensures that future deaths in service are dealt with fairly and openly, and gives victims and their families improved access to justice and possible compensation. I am immensely proud of our partnership with RBL."

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