Linklaters ditches freebies in favour of £20,000 charity donation

Linklaters has given away a whopping £20,000 to three charities after deciding against law fair giveaways as part of this year’s milk-round.

The magic circle law firm set up “Link Up. Change a Life” as an alternative to handing out branded items at law fairs, giving potential trainee solicitors the opportunity to decide how the lump sum would be divided between the chosen charities; Projeto Alavanca in Sao Paulo, Lawyers in Schools in Hackney and Project Lend a Hand in Singapore.

Citizenship Foundation programmes manager, Ruth Dwight said: “The Citizenship Foundation is thrilled to have received so many votes for its Lawyers in Schools programme, which was initially established in partnership with Linklaters in 1999,”

“This will enable employee volunteers from Linklaters to develop the legal capability of young people through interactive and engaging sessions.”

The scheme followed the success of a similar initiative the previous year in which £18,000 was donated to children’s literary festival in Hackney.

The initiative was expanded to help charities with connections to three offices in the Linklaters’ global network; London, Singapore and Sao Paulo.

In total around 1,500 votes were cast with the money divided accordingly, giving Projeto Alavanca £7,481 after it received the highest amount of votes with 37 per cent; Lawyers in Schools accepting £6,803 with 34 per cent and Project Lend a Hand, receiving £5,716 with 29 per cent of votes.