Garrigues has always demonstrated a firm commitment to social responsibility and, in this area, the provision of pro bono services takes on a particular importance.
The firm has a program in place which covers the main characteristics of the pro bono legal and tax advisory services it provides free of charge to not-for-profit entities for charitable, welfare, cultural and educational purposes and activities.
The program was set up in 2012 in order to formalize the pro bono activity that the firm had been performing for years and to provide all professionals who wish to participate with the tools to carry out this initiative.
The general coordination of the program lies with the Pro Bono Committee, made up of professionals from various offices and departments. The committee’s duties include approving new projects and ensuring compliance with the safeguards in place to guarantee the quality of the services provided.
In 2016, Garrigues provided pro bono legal advice to 58 not-for-profit entities (a 15% increase on the number of beneficiaries in 2015) on subjects as diverse as: the formation of companies, bylaw amendments, contracts, recurring advice on commercial, tax and labor matters, advice on subsidies from public entities, advice on real estate matters, and integral advice to companies supporting enterprise. In a first in 2016, we have also advised local and international not-for-profit entities on the defense of human rights.
In recognition of its ongoing work, Garrigues has received several accolades, such as the Continued Cooperation Award from the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL) and the acknowledgment received from the Spanish Federation of Parents of Children with Cancer on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, which called Garrigues ‘a company with magic powers’.