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.
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.
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.
The solicitor profession's commitment to access to justice is exemplified by the founding signatories of the Law Society's Pro Bono Charter.
A list of law firms and organisations that have signed up to the Law Society's Pro Bono Charter
Rebecca Perlman first became involved in the firm's pro bono programmes as a trainee.
Shalina Crossley discusses her career as a law firm partner.
This practice note aims to provide information for practitioners on managing the professional risks involved in providing advice through a court duty scheme.
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.
Robert Bourns discusses National Pro Bono Week and the launch of our Pro Bono Charter.
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.
A practical guide and resource kit for solicitors
Joint press release from Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
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.
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.
Pro bono publico. This humble Latin phrase has developed into a sector of its own right, but what does it mean, asks Sinéad Corcoran of LawWorks, and why should you get involved?