Mishcon joins ‘Pink Law’ advice initiative

Mishcon de Reya has signed up alongside Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Reed Smith to work pro bono for a new advice ­service at Queen Mary, ­University of London.

The Pink Law Legal Advice Centre, which launched last Friday (14 November), will give free legal advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

FFW and Reed Smith have supported the university since 2006, but this is the first time Mishcon has worked with Queen Mary.

The Pink Law Centre is the first of its kind in the UK and will focus on cohabitation, employment and ­discrimination issues.

Mishcon solicitor Emma Woollcott said the university had seen a rise in demand for impartial legal advice from the LGBT community and had written to firms asking for support for the Pink Law programme.

“It’s the first time we’ve worked with Queen Mary,” Woollcott said. “We were impressed with how dedicated Julie [Pinborough, Legal Advice Centre Manager] was to the project.”

Pinborough ;added: “The project demonstrates the ;law ;department’s ­commitment to equality and diversity within pro bono and the services it offers the local community.”

Queen ;Mary’s ;Legal Advice Centre is unusual in London in that it is run by the university and offers free legal advice to staff, students and members of the public.

It opened in 2006, won the Attorney General’s 2008 Pro Bono Award and was the only university shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards 2008.