Pro Bono

Pro Bono advisory

The importance of pro bono legal services is growing, also in Germany. It is useful and complementary to government support mechanisms such as legal aid towards promoting the rule of law. As a leading commercial law firm in Germany we are aware of our role and responsibility in society. That is why we wish to help especially non-profit organisations and institutions in need of access to qualified legal counselling but often lacking the financial resources to do so.


GvW Graf von Westphalen is a member of Pro Bono Deutschland e.V., an association that promotes free civil legal services for non-profit causes. GvW is one of the few German medium-sized law firms involved in work for voluntary associations.

GvW is also one of the select member law firms of Trustlaw. Trustlaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono programme that acts as a clearing house finding legal assistance from suitable law firms for pro bono matters.

Pro bono projects

For a good cause, our lawyers advise on various projects without charging legal fees. Here, our main focus is on advising non-profit organisations and institutions. GvW also supports the work of student-run non-profit law practices known as “law clinics” at various German universities.

Are you interested in our pro bono advisory work? Please feel free to contact us directly.

Pro Bono Week

Pro bono legal advice in times of transformation - climate crisis and digitalisation as drivers of fundamental change. This was the title of the panel discussion held by Pro Bono e.V. Germany on the occasion of Pro Bono Week. GvW lawyer and Head of ESG/Sustainability at GvW Dr Annika Bleier was on the panel.


Associate, Head of ESG & Sustainability
GvW is committed

For us, corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a law firm means assuming social responsibility and acting in accordance with ecological and social values. We are convinced that we, as a law firm, can also operate in a sustainable and value-oriented manner and, in this respect, we would like to live up to our role and responsibility in society.