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National Pro Bono Week

National pro bono weekNational 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).

This year National Pro Bono Week will be held on 7 – 11 November 2016.

The aim of the week is to celebrate the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession across the year.


To find out more about national pro bono week please read our NBPW factsheet (PDF 136kb).

If you want to get involved in National Pro Bono Week 2016, please contact Rebecca Wilkinson by email at

For a review of National Pro Bono Week 2015, please click here:

Background to the week

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.

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