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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    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

    Career choice: Pro bono lawyer

    Rebecca Perlman first became involved in the firm's pro bono programmes as a trainee.

    7 December 2016

    Career choice: Partner at Lewis Silkin LLP

    Shalina Crossley discusses her career as a law firm partner.

    2 December 2016

    Court duty scheme for private law family clients

    This practice note aims to provide information for practitioners on managing the professional risks involved in providing advice through a court duty scheme.

    17 November 2016
    Practice note

    Doing your bit: supporting the vulnerable through pro bono

    The pro bono advice given by solicitors provides essential support to some of the most vulnerable and stigmatised in society. Caroline Sorbier explains how it helps in one charity Body & Soul, which supports those living with or affected by HIV.

    9 November 2016

    Welcome to National Pro Bono Week

    Robert Bourns discusses National Pro Bono Week and the launch of our Pro Bono Charter.

    7 November 2016

    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

    Pro Bono Manual

    A practical guide and resource kit for solicitors

    7 November 2016

    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
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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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