August 22, 2017
In recognition of its extensive pro bono service, Weil has been shortlisted in the “Innovation” category by the Thomson Reuters TrustLaw Awards. The Firm has earned shortlist recognition for providing counsel to Micro Rainbow International on the acquisition of a building which will become a ‘Refugee Hostel’ for LGBTI refugees who have been granted asylum in the UK on the grounds of their sexual orientation. The Innovation Award recognizes projects that feature not only a new and exciting idea or enterprise, but a legal team that used creativity in addressing the issues faced. The TrustLaw awards, which will be presented on September 28, 2017, are hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to celebrate the ground-breaking pro bono projects undertaken by legal teams working with NGOs and social enterprises around the world.
The Firm has also been shortlisted in the “Excellence in Pro Bono” category by the Law Society Excellence Awards for its ongoing role advising the Royal Society for Blind People. Weil has been advising the charity as it develops an app called Wayfindr which enables people with vision-impairments to navigate transport networks independently. The app is currently being tested or used in the London Underground, LA Metro, Sydney Trains, Barcelona and Vancouver. The awards will be presented in October 19, 2017.