David McKinney | Partner

Being Pro Bono, without being Bono

Jackson Boyd has a proven commitment to providing a first class legal service to our clients but we like to think we are More than Just lawyers. We also support our community with projects benefitting those in need. As a Scottish firm, we fundraise for both local and national charities to the best of our abilities. We haven’t yet raised the millions for charity that U2’s frontman Bono has but we like to help out where we can. Only last month we held a successful fundraising event for Comic Relief, including an “I’m a Celebrity…..” bug eating challenge, that you can read about here.

In addition to fundraising, and as part of our wider Corporate Social Responsibility programme, our trainee solicitors participate in the University of Strathclyde’s Law Clinic. This is a student-run charity offering free legal advice to those in need in Glasgow. Jackson Boyd trainees give pro bono advice twice a month and help support some of the 274 law students in the clinic. Over the course of the last year, Strathclyde Clinic has taken on more than 266 cases and won or saved more than £67,000 for its clients. As a firm, we are proud to offer our services to the Clinic and help sustain the Clinic’s success.

It’s not only our wider community that benefits. Pro bono work helps to engage our staff, increase job satisfaction and make people feel good about their work.

Through projects such as the University of Strathclyde’s Law Clinic, we not only help provide experience and refine the skillset of future legal professionals; we also get to know the needs of our local community. As business leaders, we have a responsibility in Scotland in remedying the damage caused by austerity and engaging with our communities in meaningful ways.

Corporate social responsibility is a serious part of our firm. That being said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously: at the end of the day, we’ve yet to see Bono eat a bug.

David McKinney

David McKinney

Personal Injury Team

"It is a privilege to act for our clients at a difficult time in their lives. I always aim to provide them with clear, practical advice in an approachable way.”

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