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.
LawWorks promotes, encourages and supports pro bono activity across England and Wales and works to ensure pro bono is targeted where it can be most effective.
Caroline Kean acted pro bono for the regional newspaper The Bolton News during its campaign to name two councillors who failed to pay their council tax.
A pro bono collaboration between Allen & Overy, Coram Children's Legal Centre and DLA Piper gives free legal representation to children without legal support.
British Acoustic Neuroma Association ('BANA') is a small national charity that supports people affected by acoustic neuromas.
Ahsan Khan, a solicitor with Shoosmiths LLP, describes his experience of pro bono work.
This practice note explores the regulatory impediments to in-house solicitors providing pro bono services to the public, with the aim of assisting those in-house solicitors who wish to do so.
Huddersfield Law Society’s Twinning Programme with Uganda is exemplary in demonstrating the power of pro bono work to unite and develop the legal community locally and internationally.
K&L Gates have shown their commitment to working for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) pro bono rights by setting up a dedicated team of lawyers globally who have an interest in the area.
Preetha Gopalan, an associate at Oslwang LLP, writes about her experience of working with young people to increase their understanding of the law.
Amy Heading, UK Pro Bono Manager & Counsel (Senior Associate) at DLA Piper, considers whether the current trends transforming the legal industry can also reshape pro bono practices at City firms.
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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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?