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.
In 2014, DLA Piper won the Excellence in Pro Bono award. Here the firm describes some of its pro bono work.
1,502 solicitors were interviewed by telephone between May and August 2015 and asked about their pro bono work.
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.
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.
National Pro Bono Week opens on 7 November with a debate at the Law Society. Find out more.
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?