Pro bono

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    The Law Society actively supports and facilitates our members' involvement in pro bono initiatives.

    We know that our members provide a huge amount of important free legal advice to individuals, charities and community groups throughout England & Wales, and we work with them to help celebrate and grow this work.

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      Pro Bono Manual

      The Pro Bono Manual is a practical guide and resource kit for solicitors looking to develop a pro bono programme, either in-house or in a law firm.

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      Pro Bono Charter

      The Pro Bono Charter is a public commitment by the legal community to promote pro bono opportunities throughout their businesses and to help support this goal.

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    Why National Pro Bono Week 2017 is focusing on health and education

    As a growing number of free legal advice clinics pop up in GP surgeries and healthcare centres, legal charities and professional bodies behind this year’s National Pro Bono Week are drawing attention to the link between pro bono legal advice and health.

    9 November 2017
    Press release

    National tragedies, local response

    In 2017 the country has been struck by a series of tragedies. A number of terrorist attacks were followed by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. The whole country was united in sympathy for those affected by these events, and wanted to do something to help. The legal community was no different.

    7 November 2017
    Blog

    Free legal advice for people affected by Parson's Green terror attack

    Anyone affected by the terror incident in London's Parsons Green can get free legal advice - pro bono - through a panel of solicitor firms convened by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    18 September 2017
    Press release

    Legal aid for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

    Download the Law Society briefing document on legal aid for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    7 July 2017
    News

    Finsbury Park Mosque victims offered free legal advice

    People bereaved and injured in the Finsbury Park Mosque attack in London on Sunday night will be offered free legal advice.

    20 June 2017
    Press release

    Pro bono legal advice panel for victims of London attack

    People bereaved and injured following the attack on London Bridge will be offered free legal advice through a panel of solicitor firms.

    6 June 2017
    Press release

    New report celebrates excellence in the legal profession

    The Pride in the Profession campaign report has been published.

    10 May 2017
    News

    How to use an award to promote your firm

    Applying for an award for your business can be hard work, but the benefits are enormous, if you capitalise on the win. Kate Adam provides a step-by-step guide

    15 March 2017
    Blog

    Founding signatories of the Law Society Pro Bono Charter

    The solicitor profession's commitment to access to justice is exemplified by the founding signatories of the Law Society's Pro Bono Charter.

    20 February 2017
    Press release

    Charter signatories

    A list of law firms and organisations that have signed up to the Law Society's Pro Bono Charter

    20 February 2017
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  • The Law Society actively supports our members' pro bono initiatives and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to support and celebrate the pro bono work carried out by solicitors, while acknowledging that pro bono legal work is always only an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, a proper system of publicly funded legal services.

    We are a member of the attorney general's domestic and international pro bono committees and a founding signatory of the Pro Bono Protocol, which provides a common pro bono definition for the sector.

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    Free and confidential support and advice for Law Society members and employees of law firms.
    Call us on 020 7320 5675.

  • Contact us

    For further information about how we support our members with their pro bono work, please contact our pro bono and public legal education policy officer, Valerie Robertson.

    Please note that we do not keep a list of pro bono providers and are unable to refer members of the public to pro bono solicitors.

    For the Public

    You can also find more information on pro bono and other legal issues on the Advice Now website.

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