Who we are
The Fernando Pombo Foundation is a legal foundation, which was created in 2010 jointly by Fernando Pombo and the law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, of which he was a founding partner along with Ignacio Gómez-Acebo and chair for many years. We work locally and globally in search of legal excellence and social impact
Fernando Pombo was a warm person, full of energy and a natural entrepreneur. He founded and headed the law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo from 1970 to 2011, and developed trusting relationships both with his clients as well as with other professionals at his firm.
Fernando was the first person from a non-English speaking country to chair the IBA (International Bar Association), which was a milestone for Spanish law. He was loved and respected by the profession in which he made great friends.
A tireless worker until his death, he always took a keen interest in the underprivileged and wished to make his profession an avenue of help to society. From this, the motive of the Foundation was born: to use law to make a better world.
Fernando was a warm, honest and innovative lawyer, with great charisma and leadership. He was a role model in law the world over with absolute dedication to his job.
We want a leading legal profession that fights for human rights and fights against injustices in the world.
Since its creation in 2010, the Foundation has received national and international recognitions in social and legal innovation.
Selected as Best Human Rights Legal Services Provider 2019 by Acquisition International, an international online business magazine.
Premio Buenas Prácticas (Good practice) prize from the Talento Solidario programme from the Fundación Botín for our push for this legal practice in recent years in Spain.
The Challenge Based Learning Award prize from the School of Law of the Universidad Europea de Madrid for our collaboration with its Legal Clinic.
Finalists in the Global Pro Bono Awards awarded by PILnet– the Public Interest Law Network –with the EXQUO III Project: Legal assistance in Alien Internment Centres (AIC) to strengthen access to rights for forced migrants before, during and after AIC.
Special mention in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report – Europe in the Innovation in the rule of law and access to justice category, with the Second Chance Project for vulnerable women.
Finalists in the award for best Pro Bono lawyer 2017 in the world awarded by the International Bar Association (IBA).
Finalists in the Global Pro Bono Awards awarded by PILnet with the 2 SICK Project: doubly vulnerable patients.
Finalists in the award for best Pro Bono lawyer 2016 in the world awarded by the International Bar Association (IBA).
Memorial Degà i Ventura award from the Association of Notaries of Barcelona for the best legal monograph of the year for our book, El papel del abogado en la implantación de los principios Ruggie: 8 buenas prácticas para abogados de negocio (Lawyers’ role in implementing the Ruggie principles: 8 good practices for business lawyers).
Finalists in the European Pro Bono Awards awarded by PILnet with the MULTIPLICATE Project.
Finalists in the European Pro Bono Awards awarded by PILnet with the EXQUO II Project: Victims of gender-based violence.
Finalists in the VI Co-responsible Awards for the EXEQUO I Project: Homeless Persons.
Special mention in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report – Europe, for the Businesses and Human Rights Project: The role of law.
Special mention in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report – Europe, for the EXEQUO I Project: Homeless Persons.
Chosen in the Talento Solidario programme of the Fundación Botín for our Pro Bono Channel Project.
Award from the Food Bank of Madrid for the significant contribution to the food bank via pro bono work.
Award for the Promotion and Defence of Rights from the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER).
The patronage of the Foundation is composed of lawyers and other professionals of renowned prestige in Spain and the rest of the world.