Through my Pro Bono activity I have experienced a different way of practicing law. I dedicate all my knowledge and effort to the advice of charity institutions as I strongly believe that through our support, by guaranteeing the rightful defence of their rights, we can make a difference in the life of these institutions. Joana Domingues, Managing Associate
Our aim is to reach the highest standards of excellence but our bedrock is our community. Our Pro Bono activity is taken forth with the same standards we apply to clients' work.
We provide free legal assistance to charity institutions that work in the social, cultural or educational areas. Through it we provide better access to justice and quality legal services to institutions that otherwise would not be able to afford them.
We are the first major Portuguese law firm to create a Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility Programme (CSR), with:
- the adoption of a formal Pro Bono and CSR Policy for which an annual budget is set aside, comprising a set financial contribution and a minimum number of hours devoted to Pro Bono and CSR activities by VdA staff members
- the approval of a Pro Bono and CSR Programme, setting objectives for the coming year under a clear assessment matrix
- a Pro Bono committee with the task of defining the Pro Bono and CSR programmes and the execution of Pro Bono and CSR at VdA
With our CSR, we aim to develop our staff individual goals as citizens and to contribute to a working environment based on the three-pronged values of solidarity, mutual help and sharing and to extend it to our community.
At VdA we have implemented a Green Project with eco-efficiency as our main goal.
We aim at contributing not only for a more ecological mindset of our staff but also to an effective reduction of waste and an effective sustainable management of our firm.