Our Responsibility to Society
For the public benefit
Drew & Napier provides world-class legal expertise to selected charities, non-profits, and individuals who cannot otherwise afford it.
We provide free advice at legal clinics, assist charities with their registration procedures and agreements, and act for accused individuals without means. In 2011, over 30 Drew & Napier lawyers provided Pro Bono clients with advice and representation worth $400,000.
In 2012 we formalised our Pro Bono initiative by setting up the Pro Bono department. The department is guided by lawyers active on our Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Each lawyer from the CSR committee dedicates a minimum of 50 hours to Pro Bono work yearly. Other Drew lawyers regularly commit 25 hours or more a year. All our lawyers’ Pro Bono efforts are considered when we assess their contribution to the firm.
A few examples of the Pro Bono assistance we have provided to charities:
Set up the Asian division of the well-known Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
Advised on the legal requirements of non-profit organisations for the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Relocated the world’s largest alliance of conservation groups, Birdlife International, from Japan to Singapore. BirdLife has operations on 6 continents and more than 2.7 million members.
Registered the Base of Pyramid Hub as a charity
Set up the Singapore operations of the UK’s Marine Stewardship Council of the UK
We also support childrens’ charities in more concrete ways. In their personal capacities, our lawyers have sponsored, organised and attended activities at 7 children’s homes and charities for more than 11 years. In that time we have helped to:
organise regular activities such as zoo visits and cycling trips;
finance their upgrading projects;
organise Christmas Parties with presents for every child who attends;
donate motorized wheelchairs, portable oxygen tanks, and support frames for the children from Make A Wish Foundation; and
finance The Salvation Army’s “Back to School” project at the beginning of each year for needy children.
Drew was awarded “Legal Aid Bureau Best Contribution from Law Firm Award (Large Firm – Silver Award)” at the Ministry of Law’s Appreciation Dinner held on 18th October, 2012. We were the only law firm to receive an award in the ‘Large-Firm’ category.