iProbono, the global non-profit network of lawyers which Fieldfisher helped establish and nurture from its inception, won two awards at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2015.
The organisation won the Innovation in Social Responsibility award for its work in South Asia, where 122 projects have been completed, and for building a culture of pro bono in the region. iProbono's submission highlighted a number of its initiatives in the region over the last few years, including assisting organisations like Oxfam to partner with social enterprises in Sri Lanka, and Haq Centre for Child Rights, representing children who are victims of abuse in Delhi.
In addition Shireen Irani, the iProbono founder, was crowned Legal Innovator of the Year, alongside Simon Harper, the founder of Lawyers on Demand. The judges found it impossible to separate the two, and praised both for addressing the fact that lawyers increasingly want to work in different ways whether flexibly or by offering pro bono services.
Speaking after the awards ceremony Shireen said that the work volunteers have undertaken to represent vulnerable adults and children would pave the way for fairer judgments in future cases. "It's individual justice, but we're also advancing the legal system", she said.
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