Pro Bono

Working pro bono forms an integral part of CERHA HEMPEL’s corporate culture and set of values. CERHA HEMPEL believes in providing services predominantly free of charge, voluntarily rendered and in the interest of the general good.

Our Pro Bono Policy

Based on a precise CERHA HEMPEL Pro Bono Policy adopted by its general meeting in December 2019 and regular support granted by its Pro Bono Committee, CERHA HEMPEL has rendered pro bono services of “particular charity (non-profit), socially beneficial, environmental protective, employment protection and human rights related pertinence” between December 2020 and December 2021 as follows:

  • Ground Truth Solutions (Austrian non-profit association, Verein): This NPO specialises in including the perspective of the demand side (people affected by crises, field staff and local partner organisations) in humanitarian aid, thus supplementing the traditional supply side approach by the demand needs. This enables them to communicate their feedback to policy makers and aid providers. The Vienna based NPO was supported by CERHA HEMPEL in its administrative tax proceedings to achieve the charitable tax-exempt status before the Federal Finance Court of Vienna. The scope of services provided encompassed around 30 hours in 2021.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities (Ronald McDonald’s Kinderhilfe, Verein): CERHA HEMPEL is represented by an honorary member and a second member in the supervisory board of this registered Austrian non-profit association. In 2021, CERHA HEMPEL supported the association in terminating a rental contract, reviewing a consultancy agreement for a fund raising event, in effecting changes to the association's management board and supervisory board, in consulting the management board in its day-to-day business and in participating in supervisory board meetings. The scope of services performed in 2021 was around 50 hours.
  • Radio Maria Österreich (an Austrian FM radio transmitter seated in Vienna and owned by an association, Verein): CERHA HEMPEL has advised Radio Maria, a catholic Christian radio transmitter, in connection with the review of its internal finance and accounting and with the attainment of a labor permit. The scope of services provided comprised around 15 hours in 2021.
  • Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA), Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, International Senior Lawyers' Project (ISLP): initiated by Lex Mundi's Pro Bono Foundation, CERHA HEMPEL has advised ISLP and SPDA on fundamental environmental legal questions under Austrian and international law. The advice related to transport infrastructure and hydroelectric power projects, the combined cumulative effects of such projects, mitigation hierarchy principles in the design of infrastructure projects, environmental compensations and pertaining questions. The scope of the services rendered encompassed 25 hours.
  • Austro-American Society (Österreichisch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft, a registered non-profit organisation): CERHA HEMPEL has revised and updated the association’s standing rules, its entries into the Austrian associations’ register, participated in the general assemblies and delivered adhoc-legal advice. A CERHA HEMPEL partner was co-opted as director within two involved associations. The scope of services rendered was once more around 50 hours in 2021.

  • Institute for the Protection of Marriage and Family (Institut für Ehe und Familie): CERHA HEMPEL has rendered ongoing advice in constitutional, administrative, criminal and civil law in areas relating to euthanasia, family law, biopolitics and company policy, discrimination of individuals, freedom of religion, data  protection and labor law. The volume of services provided comprised around 15 hours in 2021.
  • ITI Catholic University (Katholische Hochschule ITI, Trumau): CERHA HEMPEL advised this Ecclesiastical Theological Faculty on the review of its internal finance and accounting, participated in the Board of Trustees' meetings and supported in the statutory body's asset management activities. The volume of services provided in 2021 was about 15 hours.

Apart from the core activities described above for 2021, CERHA HEMPEL provided sponsoring and other supporting services to organisations active in social and cultural areas like VinziRast. Finally, CERHA HEMPEL renders volunteer work at highly reduced hourly rates for ecclesiastical organisations and non-profit associations that are linked to existing clients.

The two last-mentioned activities are also subject to the law firm’s Pro Bono Policy and supervision by its Pro Bono Committee.