Due to the outstanding participation of many of the members of Philippi in the public and academic activity, and the social vocation inspiring it, the Firm has identified itself with the interest of Chile and with different works of common good. So, the intense professional activity is complemented, as it has been a tradition of the Firm since its foundation, by academic activities and in benefit of nonprofit entities.
Academic Activities: As a manner of complementing and enriching professional work, Philippi promotes that lawyers develop academic activities in the different areas related to their professional work. Several lawyers of the Firm are professors of the most prestigious Chilean universities and actively participate in lectures and international seminars.
Philippi Award: Likewise, our Firm is interested in that prominent Law students be recognized for their academic excellence. Philippi maintains a close contact with Law Schools, in particular to Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica, with which it has agreed on the granting of awards to the best students of Civil and Commercial Law, respectively.
Pro Bono: Philippi lawyers have undertaken to work 20 hour per year each, providing free legal consultancy to nonprofit institutions engaged in education, housing, health, abject poverty, culture and heritage rescue, entrepreneurship and environment.
In 2010, Fundación Pro Bono recognized Philippi in the Category “Law Firms” for its outstanding practice of free legal volunteering and its work of quality.
We counsel Hogar de Cristo, María Ayuda, Corporación Chileno Alemana de Beneficencia, People Help People, Consejo Economía de la Iglesia Católica, Iglesia Evangélica and other social and charitable institutions, in their necessary legal requirements.
Public Service Activities
Members of the Firm have counseled the State of Chile, among other matters, in the negotiation of the Free Trade Agreements with Canada, the European Union and the United States of America, in territorial conflicts with neighbor countries, in negotiations with foreign investors related to the nationalization of cooper, in the preparation of legal regulation on foreign investment, state subjection to foreign law and courts, international arbitration, hydrocarbons exploitation, securities market, energy distribution, carbon credit, bankruptcy, geothermal energy and tax exemptions to donations. .
On the other hand, and with the purposes of contributing to the legal protection of civil and social rights and human rights, members of our Firm have integrated the High-level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development of the UN, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Advisory Council of the Small Grants Program for Worldwide Environment of the UNDP, the Fundación de las Américas, the Corporación PARTICIPA and the Fundación PRO-HUMANA.