Disabled people who have been wrongly denied benefits that they are entitled to must navigate what is a complex and lengthy appeals process if they wish to have these decisions overturned. For many, without help this is a daunting, unsurmountable task. Working in partnership with Z2k, the London anti-poverty charity, a team of Mayer Brown lawyers help to deliver the charity's Disability Benefits Tribunal Programme. This scheme connects pro bono lawyers with low income Londoners who are in need of tribunal representation when they are denied their disability benefits.
Our trained lawyers prepare appeal submissions and provide much needed support and guidance as they navigate the client through the appeals process. This programme epitomises our CSR approach by enabling our lawyers to use their skills and knowledge to make a fundamental difference to people's lives. To date, we have successfully enabled 25 Z2K clients to access more than £200,000 in financial benefits. Motivated to do more in the face of the growing demand for this support through Z2K, we have made the Tribunal Project our flagship pro bono project.