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National Pro Bono Week

  • National pro bono weekNational Pro Bono Week (NPBW) is a nationwide campaign to amplify the range and impact of voluntary free legal advice that legal professionals provide 'pro bono' - for the public good – every year.

    To give you an idea of how much free legal advice our members provide, in 2015-16 solicitors provided an estimated 1.8million hours of professional expertise on a voluntary basis to people and small NGOs who would otherwise be unable to access legal advice.

    The 16th annual National Pro Bono Week took place from 6-11 November 2017

    National Pro Bono Week is an annual event at the start of November, sponsored by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

    Solicitors, barristers, law students and chartered legal executives across England and Wales - will be holding events to celebrate pro bono and help raise awareness of the legal advice that is available for free for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

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    The week was conceived of in 2001, by the then Attorney General. The attorney general’s pro bono committee was set up to run the week, which was co-sponsored by the three professional bodies to demonstrate joint professional commitment to pro bono.

    Over the subsequent years, an independent NPBW committee has arisen, and the Law Society has taken on the administrative functions associated with organising the week.

    To find out more about National Pro Bono Week, please read our National Pro Bono Week factsheet (PDF 463kb).

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