Free legal assistance for Social Enterprises all over the world


April 10, 2013


Did you know that your organisation (*non-profits and qualifying social enterprises only) can receive free legal assistance from over 450 top law firms in over 170 countries? AVPN has partnered with Thomson Reuters Foundation to provide you with fast-track access to TrustLaw Connect, an innovative programme that links non-profit organisations with top lawyers that have signed on to provide their expertise for free.

Applying and using the service is entirely free of charge. Since we are an official referral partner of this programme your application will be fast tracked and references will be waived. Since the programme launched in June 2010, over 1500 legal teams have assisted organisations like your own – completely free of charge.

Please write to directly to access this service.  

Examples of the types of projects TrustLaw Connect can help with:

  • Cross-border research
    • We worked with Latham & Watkins and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to produce a landscape analysis of human trafficking and prostitution laws in fourteen countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The research will help Equality Now, a global human rights organization, to understand existing laws and create a strategy for policy and legal reform towards the elimination of sex trafficking. This project was recognized at the 2012 TrustLaw Connect Awards for
      its groundbreaking impact.
  • Expanding operations into another country
    • J Sagar Associates worked with Nuru Energy, an energy generation enterprise, to adapt an existing shareholder agreement to support Nuru’s expansion in India. Nuru Energy developed a pedal-powered energy generator operated by micro entrepreneurs across India to provide energy for rural communities and income to the entrepreneurs, in a country where half a billion people still have no access to electricity.
  • License agreements
    • White & Case drafted a license agreement for the Living Furniture Project, a social enterprise in the UK that trains and employs homeless people to make luxury furniture from recycled materials.
  • Governance and corporate structure advice
    • Routledge Modise (formerly Eversheds) provided governance and structuring advice for the South African branch of Islamic Relief to tie the organization more closely to the international Islamic Relief network.

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