April 20, 2018
On April 18, Weil’s London office was recognized as Best CSR Program at the Legal Business Awards, which were presented at Grosvenor House in London.
The award was primarily for our pro bono work with Micro Rainbow International but also for our general commitment to pro bono, volunteering and philanthropy across our Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) program.
Stuart Pibworth, Patrick Brendon, Caroline Gershon, Rupert Jones, Laura Murray, Ariane Giannaros, Peter Olds and Ben Thompson provided complex and innovative advice to enable Micro Rainbow International to acquire two properties in London to serve as a hostel for LGBTI refugees granted asylum in the U.K. on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The hostel will also provide employment and enterprise training facilities as well as language lessons and counseling.
Approximately 1,300 refugees who have faced hostile and homophobic prejudice and discrimination in their home countries are granted asylum in the U.K. each year. Statistics show that within the first 12 months of their arrival, the majority fall quickly below the poverty line and are further excluded from mainstream society.
This award follows on our being honored with the Thomson Reuters TrustLaw Innovation Award in September 2017.
The Banking, Business Finance & Restructuring and Litigation groups in the London office were recognized as finalists in other categories at the awards.
Read more about the London office’s pro bono and CSR program in the London CSR Review.