Freshfields, Clifford Chance, BLP, Ashurst and DWF lawyers among 300 to offer support following Manchester bombing pro bono appeal

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By Thomas Connelly on

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Nearly 300 solicitors and barristers have come forward to offer their legal support to victims of the arena terrorist attack, following a public appeal by Manchester Law Society.

Issuing a rallying call to the profession last week, the society — headed up by chief executive Fran Eccles-Bech — wanted to hear from firms and lawyers willing to give free legal advice and representation to bereaved families and injured people.

Just over a week later, Manchester Law Society has confirmed it’s received nearly 300 applications from lawyers willing to help out.

This includes solicitors from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance, Berwin Leighton Paisner, DWF, Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins, Irwin Mitchell, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom and Arnold & Porter.

The bar has also responded strongly, with barristers from the likes of Nine St John Street, 9 Gough Square, 6KBW College Hill, Deans Court Chambers, 23 Essex Street Chambers, Garden Court North Chambers and St John’s Buildings all offering their services.

Commenting on the fantastic response from the profession, Eccles-Bech said:

Since we put out the call to the legal community on Tuesday the response has been overwhelming… We are working with Manchester police so that victims can more easily find the help they need. I know ours is a small contribution in the face of the enormity of the impact of the attack on so many people‚Äôs lives, but I hope we can help even a little.

The appeal comes after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena earlier this month.

Lawyers willing to act for the victims of this atrocity on a pro bono basis should email their name, firm, area speciality and full contact details to Manchester Law Society’s chief executive Fran Eccles-Bech.

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