19 December 2007 -Volunteers from international law firm Mayer Brown have teamed up with LawWorks, the UK's leading pro bono charity, to assist in the running of a new Mediation Advice Clinic at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau's High Holborn branch.

LawWorks (formerly the Solicitors Pro Bono Group) is a national charity whose aim is to enable, support and encourage lawyers to provide free legal help to individuals and communities in need.  LawWorks developed the idea of creating Mediation Advisory Clinics in order to act as a service to Citizens Advice Bureaux and their clients.

Volunteers from Mayer Brown received a specially-developed training session from LawWorks's mediators and, together with a fully qualified and experienced mediator, have now begun to staff fortnightly mediation advice clinics. The Mayer Brown volunteers explain to clients how the mediation process operates, and where appropriate, help them complete and lodge the application form required for LawWorks's pro bono mediation service.

Julie Dickins, London Pro Bono Partner, commented: "We are delighted to be part of this excellent initiative of LawWorks and look forward to helping explain the benefits of mediation to members of the public."

Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner, commented: "We are delighted to branch out and be of help on a pro bono basis. The firm encourages voluntary work, which undoubtedly broadens the experiences of our lawyers. The pro bono work we do in London is a small part of the firm's contribution around the world. We are pleased that our people have an ever-increasing enthusiasm to regularly give up their time to involve themselves in the community, and we embrace it."