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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    Case study: Weil, Gotshal & Manges

    Weil has a goal of having all lawyers at the firm perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year.

    5 August 2015
    Feature

    Case study: Rebecca Stevens, senior associate at Withy King LLP

    Family lawyer Rebecca Stevens has demonstrated exceptional commitment to her client and publicly funded work, even making national media headlines in November 2014.

    5 August 2015
    Feature

    Case study: DLA Piper, Excellence in Pro Bono winners

    In 2014, DLA Piper won the Excellence in Pro Bono award. Here the firm describes some of its pro bono work.

    23 July 2015
    Feature

    Solicitors’ pro bono work 2014

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

    1 December 2014
    Research

    Law Society president opens University of Huddersfield free legal advice clinic

    The Law Society president Nicholas Fluck officially opened the University of Huddersfield's free legal advice clinic on 16 January, recognising the important contribution such legal support services provide to the local community.

    17 January 2014
    Press release

    Solicitors’ pro bono work 2013

    A random sample of 1,506 practising certificate (PC) holders were interviewed by telephone during June to August 2013. Solicitors were asked about different aspects of their working lives and about any pro bono work they may have undertaken.

    7 November 2013
    Research

    Pro bono at heart of legal profession as 12th National Pro Bono Week begins

    The Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) are proud to support the 12th annual National Pro Bono Week, which starts today.

    4 November 2013
    Press release

    Nominations open for pro bono awards

    Nominations are now open for the Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award 2013, held in partnership with LawWorks.

    7 March 2013
    News

    Pro bono charities: trustee vacancies

    Applications are being sought for vacancies on the trustee boards of two leading national pro bono charities in partnership with the Law Society.

    23 May 2012
    News

    Pro bono week: get involved

    National Pro Bono Week opens on 7 November with a debate at the Law Society. Find out more.

    27 October 2011
    News
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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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