Louise McCarthy was presented with the Best Contribution by an Individual award at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2021. The annual awards celebrate the best legal pro bono activities undertaken by organizations and individuals and their positive impact on those helped. Commenting after the ceremony, Louise shared: “I am delighted to have been awarded this prize. Throughout my time at the firm, I have been fortunate enough to be offered numerous pro bono opportunities that have been extremely rewarding, and I am very grateful for the support and guidance of many within Sidley. Access to justice pro bono projects are vitally important, and I am so pleased to have been able to contribute to the essential support these projects provide to vulnerable communities and individuals.”
Louise is a member of the London Pro Bono Committee and leads Sidley’s Welfare Benefit Appeals project. Other recent highlights of her work include successfully representing a young adult in his application for British citizenship under the KIND UK program; assisting the litigation team in representing a servicewoman in her claim against the Ministry of Defence for bullying, harassment, and discrimination, and representing a family in an ongoing dispute with a local authority over the provision of a care package for a young child with severe disabilities.
“Louise has shown exceptional commitment to pro bono work throughout her career, most notably in her representation of vulnerable individuals in immigration, social care, and welfare benefit cases,” said Matthew Shankland, Partner and Chair of the London Pro Bono Committee. “She has dedicated significant time and skill in obtaining positive outcomes for clients, alongside a very busy commercial practice. We are delighted that Louise has been recognised by LawWorks for her achievements.”