An Ashurst trainee has been handed an award for her pro bono work.

Frankie Boon won LawWorks’ Junior Lawyers Division pro bono award after putting in almost 400 hours of unpaid effort on behalf of different clients.

Working on behalf of the National Deaf Children Society, she represented three children in respect of Personal Independence Payment claims. Judges said she had “diligently and determinedly overcome a multitude of barriers to support young people to challenge unlawful decisions”.

She also coordinates Ashurst’s attendance at Toynbee Hall legal advice centre and as part of wider Ashurst teams has worked for the Center for Reproductive Rights; the Equal Rights Trust; and Reprieve on the case of a UK national facing death row in a sub-Saharan country.

Other winners in LawWorks’ annual awards included a collaboration between 15 Welsh firms and Cardiff University Law School at the Speakeasy Legal Advice Centre in Cardiff. They provide pro bono employment advice for nearly 200 clients a year. 

Claire Curtis of Clyde & Co won the ‘best contribution by an individual’ category for her work advocating for a number of families, helping them with issues including health and care packages, housing and benefit entitlements.

Dechert, Travers Smith and Shoosmiths were also all recognised for their pro bono work