Awards 2023

The annual TrustLaw Awards recognise the remarkable pro bono projects undertaken by our legal members to support NGOs and social enterprises around the world.

This year’s nominees exemplify the vital work the TrustLaw network does to advance human rights, foster inclusive economies, and promote media freedom across the globe. For more information on the criteria for each award category, please click here.

As part of the awards, we ask our NGO and social enterprise members to nominate an individual lawyer or team of lawyers who have provided exceptional pro bono support in the past year via the TrustLaw service. Applications are now open for the Lawyer of the Year Award.

Join us on 16 May 2023 in London to celebrate our pro bono community and announce the winners of the 2023 TrustLaw Awards.


Meet the finalists for the 2023 TrustLaw Awards.

Impact Award

This Award recognises an outstanding legal research project that has led to demonstrable change and significant outcomes.

  • Understanding the rights of undocumented migrant women in the EU

    The ENoMW received legal assistance from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho, Linklaters LLP and Selma Korichi to draft a comparative research report on the EU legal frameworks relating to the fundamental rights of undocumented migrant women.

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  • Legal reform on data protection laws in Argentina

    Democracia en Red received assistance from Bruchou & Funes de Rioja, KLA Advogados, Gomez Pinzón Abogados, Dentons LLP, ObradorDigital, Hogan Lovells International LLP, DLA Piper, Goebel & Muthspiel and Cervieri Monsuarez to conduct legal research and develop a memo on proposed changes to the data protection laws in Argentina.

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  • Policy reform on pretrial detention safeguards in India

    CHRI received legal assistance from K&L Gates LLP, Allen & Overy LLP, Nyoh Law Chambers, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Sibtain Akhtar Bokhari to draft a comparative research report on the existing legal frameworks in commonwealth countries that govern pretrial safeguards, detention and access to legal aid.

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Collaboration Award

This Award showcases highly effective working relationships between pro bono providers and recipients that exemplify the power and best practices of pro bono.

  • Improving legal frameworks on firearm ownership and safety in South Africa

    Gun Free South Africa received legal assistance from Norton Rose Fulbright, ALN, Mweshi Banda & Associates, TASLAF Advocates, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Philippi Prietocarrioza Ferrero DU & Uria, Machado Meyer, and F5 to produce a comparative research memo and legal analysis on the laws governing firearm ownership and safety.

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  • Advice on PPE for journalists working in Ukraine

    The Committee to Protect Journalists received legal assistance from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Allen and Overy LLP and Turcan Cazac who collaborated on a guide offering advice on personal protective equipment for journalists crossing borders into Ukraine.

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  • Researching best practices on climate change regulations in South America

    Sustentabilidad sin Fronteras received legal assistance from Baker & McKenzie, Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Ferrere Abogados, Muñoz Tamayo y Asociados, Hogan Lovells International LLP, Allende & Brea, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho and Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados who produced a memo on the existing climate change laws/regulations in 7 countries.

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Powered by Pro Bono Award

This Award recognises an NGO or social enterprise that has used pro bono legal advice to scale up their operations, improve the delivery of their social mission or pivot their activities to make a greater impact.

  • Promoting the right to freedom of expression internationally

    Blueprint for Free Speech received legal support on a research project from Ritch. Mueller y Nicolau, SC.

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  • Investing to create a more equitable and sustainable world

    Calvert Impact received legal support from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, Ritch. Mueller y Nicolau, SC, Central Law, Fiorio, Cardozo & Alvarado, Robalino, Consortium Legal, Navarro Amador & Asociados, Morgan & Morgan, Dentons LLP, Oficina OMG and Simmons & Simmons LLP on advisory projects between 2021-22.

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  • Making rooftop solar more accessible

    Solar AI Technologies received legal support from Hogan Lovells LLP, Reed Smith LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Dechert LLP on advisory projects between 2021-22.

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These awards recognise the commitment law firms and legal teams have demonstrated in supporting pro bono clients over the last year on projects undertaken through TrustLaw.

International law firm of the year Award

Regional law firm of the year Award

In-House Legal Team of the year Award

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