ENGAGE 2020: European D&I and Pro Bono Summit

We’re delighted to announce details of ENGAGE 2020 – our new series of international D&I and pro bono forums which invites lawyers from across the profession to engage in dialogue, best practice and action.

Date: Thursday March 19th, 2020

Aims to:

  • Create a safe, dynamic and cutting-edge environment for diversity and inclusion and pro bono best practice
  • Encourage global conversations between firms, chambers, in-house legal teams and NGOs
  • Create and share a best practice report including case studies and top tips


08:30- 09:00 Registration / Breakfast
09:00 – 09:10 Chambers’ Inclusion and pro bono insights
09:10 – 09:40 Keynote speaker
09:40 – 10:50 Panel discussion: Creating and maintaining European pro bono partnerships in the dawn of Brexit.

Speakers include: Deborah Smith (Goldman Sachs), Sarah Oliver Scemla (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

10:50 – 11:10 Break
11:10 – 12:30 D&I Break out sessions: Overcoming D&I challenges across the sector including the Bar, solicitors and in-house teams

Speakers include: Faisel Sadiq (Ely Place Chambers)

12:30 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 14:50 Presentation: Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession

Speaker: Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Advisor, International Bar Association

14:50 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion: How can the legal profession work alongside the regulatory and governmental challenges to your organisation’s work?

Speakers include: Padraig Hughes (MLDI), Paul Bowen QC (Brick Court)

16:00 – 16:30 Call to action
16:30 – 18:00 Networking and close

Who should attend: Barristers, solicitors, in-house legal teams, NGOs

Ticket information

  • Barristers, private practice solicitors: £150
  • In – House legal teams: No charge
  • NGOs: No charge
  • Junior barristers and trainees: No charge (one per firm/chambers)

Time: 9:00-18:00

Location: etc Venues, St Paul’s London, EC14 4HD

European Pro Bono Briefing 2020
In addition to ENGAGE 2020, and in line with our focus on global pro bono research in 2020, we have recently launched our first ever European Pro Bono Briefing containing case studies from law firms leading the way in terms of commitment to pro bono including case examples where NGOs, MLDI and PILP have partnered with pro bono lawyers.

Download the complimentary pdf

European Pro Bono Briefing Cover