Baker & McKenzie joins A4ID in fight against poverty

Advocates for International Development is pleased to announce international law firm Baker & McKenzie as its latest legal partner.

Baker & McKenzie brings the number of A4ID’s legal partners to 39 and increases the number of lawyers in its global network to over 34,000 individuals in 89 countries.

John J Conroy, Chair of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility Board said, “Baker & McKenzie is delighted to support A4ID. We highly value the truly impactful work the organisation has spearheaded, and we sincerely appreciate the opportunities A4ID has provided to engage in this service.”

Yasmin Batliwala, Chief Executive of A4ID said, “A4ID is delighted to have global law firm Baker & McKenzie working with us as our latest legal partner. I am excited that they have chosen to work with us towards the goal of using the law and engaging lawyers to eradicate global poverty and am confident that their contribution will have a significant impact on the work we do.

“Baker & McKenzie have previously undertaken work through A4ID with legal teams from Microsoft and CMS for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. We look forward to their contribution on many more projects that aim to support international development in the future.”

A4ID is a UK-based charity that works to ensure the law is a tool, not a barrier, to international development. We do this by facilitating free legal advice for development organisations through our pro bono broker service.

To date our legal partners have provided over £12 million worth of legal advice to 350 development organisations ranging from international NGOs, to community-based organisations and social enterprises.

A4ID has created a vast global community of engaged lawyers who are committed to joining the fight against global poverty by providing free legal support but also by working with NGOs to explore the ways in which the law can be used more effectively to ensure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.