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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    Raising awareness of youth justice

    Preetha Gopalan, an associate at Oslwang LLP, writes about her experience of working with young people to increase their understanding of the law.

    10 December 2015
    Blog

    Reshaping pro bono in the City

    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.

    6 November 2015
    Blog

    The rewards of doing pro bono

    Sarah Henchoz, partner at Allen & Overy, discusses the challenges and rewards of pro bono work.

    4 November 2015
    Blog

    Solicitors’ pro bono work 2015

    1,502 solicitors were interviewed by telephone between May and August 2015 and asked about their pro bono work.

    3 November 2015
    Research

    Solicitors’ pro bono toolkit

    The Law Society has compiled a pro bono toolkit for law firms, to support and encourage the provision of pro bono legal services through organised pro bono programmes.

    2 November 2015
    Advice

    Faciemus pro bono*

    *Latin for: do pro bono!Martin Barnes, chief executive of LawWorks, explains the significance of National Pro Bono Week and outlines how pro bono work contributes to access to justice.

    2 November 2015
    Blog

    Case study: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

    Herbert Smith Freehills' Whitechapel Legal Advice Clinic has been providing high quality legal advice to residents of London's most disadvantaged borough for fifteen years.

    19 October 2015
    Feature

    Case study: James Lawford Davies, partner at Hempsons

    James Lawford Davies demonstrated his commitment to access to justice when he acted pro bono in a two-year legal battle.

    25 August 2015
    Feature

    Case study: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells have shown their commitment to democracy and community by providing a full advisory service to establish a new social enterprise Bite the Ballot.

    25 August 2015
    Feature

    Pro bono case studies

    This page provides case studies on pro bono work.

    5 August 2015
    Information
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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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    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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