Pro bono

  • Lawyer holding sign 'pro bono, it's part of being a lawyer'

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Pro bono initiatives boost access to justice

    The solicitor profession's contribution to access to justice will be boosted today with the launch of the Law Society's Pro Bono Charter and Manual.

    7 November 2016
    Press release

    Lawyers volunteer millions of hours of free legal advice for the public good

    Joint press release from Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

    4 November 2016
    Press release

    Public Legal Education guidance published

    New guidance for solicitors on how to help the public understand and protect their rights has today been published by the Law Society.

    26 February 2016
    Press release

    Law Society president opens University of Huddersfield free legal advice clinic

    The Law Society president Nicholas Fluck officially opened the University of Huddersfield's free legal advice clinic on 16 January, recognising the important contribution such legal support services provide to the local community.

    17 January 2014
    Press release

    Pro bono at heart of legal profession as 12th National Pro Bono Week begins

    The Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) are proud to support the 12th annual National Pro Bono Week, which starts today.

    4 November 2013
    Press release
  • 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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