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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    About LawWorks

    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.

    12 May 2016
    Feature

    Lawyer twinning opportunity: Lawyers Against Poverty and the League of Women Lawyers

    We are inviting volunteers to participate in a twinning project to connect solicitors in the UK with those working in less developed countries.

    4 May 2016
    News

    Case study: Solicitor contributes to victory in council tax disclosure fight

    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.

    13 April 2016
    Feature

    Children's pro bono legal service

    A pro bono collaboration between Allen & Overy, Coram Children's Legal Centre and DLA Piper gives free legal representation to children without legal support.

    21 March 2016
    Feature

    LawWorks not-for-profit case study: British Acoustic Neuroma Association

    British Acoustic Neuroma Association ('BANA') is a small national charity that supports people affected by acoustic neuromas.

    14 March 2016
    Feature

    Case study: Why pro bono matters

    Ahsan Khan, a solicitor with Shoosmiths LLP, describes his experience of pro bono work.

    14 March 2016
    Feature

    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

    In-house pro bono practice: regulatory requirements

    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.

    23 February 2016
    Practice note

    Huddersfield Law Society Uganda Twinning Group

    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.

    15 February 2016
    Feature

    Case study: K&L Gates

    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.

    4 January 2016
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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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