Lawyer set for Guyana mission

Mike Lawlor, DLA Piper
Mike Lawlor, DLA Piper

A young lawyer from DLA Piper’s Sheffield office is swapping Yorkshire for Guyana to conduct voluntary legal training with the firm’s non-profit affiliate, New Perimeter.

Mick Lawlor, a solicitor in the litigation and regulatory team, is the only UK-based lawyer to be involved in the project.

Working alongside 14 US-based DLA Piper lawyers, he will provide training materials and sessions to prosecutors and magistrates in Guyana, to help them combat the number of drugs offenders who escape prosecution.

Steve Sly, DLA Piper’s Sheffield office manager partner said: “Mick is a talented and driven young lawyer who has successfully managed to juggle his busy work schedule with an unwavering commitment to supporting our corporate social responsibility agenda. He fully deserves the opportunity to work on an initiative which will not only benefit others, but will broaden his own knowledge and global horizons.

“In addition to his work in Guyana, Mick is heavily involved with the Sheffield Institute Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease and gives a great deal of his spare time to the charity. His energy and enthusiasm for these causes and the dedication he has demonstrated in putting his legal skills to such worthwhile use is admirable, and we are proud to have him represent our office on this important pro bono work.”

Projects address issues such as healthcare, hunger, economic development, legal reform and human rights. DLA Piper has allocated 13,000 hours per annum to New Perimeter, which translates into over £3.5 million in donated legal services a year.