Our commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated by the considerable value we place on doing pro bono work for organisations and people that pursue or support the public interest. Our aim is to enhance access to legal assistance and make our knowledge and expertise available to organisations and people that lack the resources to obtain such services.
Houthoff’s pro bono work focuses mainly on social entrepreneurs whose organisations are geared towards making the world a better place. A focus on empowerment is a key aspect of this. Empowerment helps economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient and gain access to education and healthcare. It gives them the opportunity to improve their quality of life and to participate fully in society.
Pro Bono Connect
Houthoff is a co-founder of Pro Bono Connect, a platform that links NGOs with law firms, and allows them to work together on pro bono cases. We regularly take on cases through Pro Bono Connect.
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
Houthoff's Lex Mundi membership means that it is closely connected with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (LMPBF). LMPBF connects social entrepreneurs who have legal questions, wherever they may be in the world, to one or several of the 160 Lex Mundi firms so that they can obtain pro bono assistance. Michiel Wesseling, a partner at Houthoff, is a member of the LMPBF board. Houthoff has been involved in several pro bono projects through LMPBF. An example is Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI), an organisation that is committed to improving 'economic citizenship' for children by giving them the skills and knowledge to earn and save money. Houthoff has provided legal support to this highly commendable movement since its inception. We also carry out special projects for the CYFI from time to time on a pro bono basis.
For more information or to apply for pro bono assistance, please contact our Pro Bono Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be assessed by the Pro Bono Committee first. The acceptance of applications is at the discretion of the Committee.