Pro bono

Pro Bono Charter

The Pro Bono Charter is a public statement that we invite law firms, in-house teams and alternative business structures to sign. Signing the charter shows your practice is committed to improving access to justice.

See our list of signatories

Benefits of signing the charter

  • Invitations to our pro bono forums where you’ll have the opportunity to help shape the pro bono agenda
  • A three-month trial membership of LawWorks, including access to their online information and resources

Evaluating impact of pro bono work

From 2022, we're asking Charter signatories to complete a short, mandatory annual impact report.

The reports will allow us to monitor the Charter's impact, ensuring:

  • signatories remain committed to pro bono, and
  • there is a mechanism for us to promote the range of pro bono activities and work that members do in supporting access to justice

Download and complete one of our templates:

  1. case studies (Word 924 KB) – if you've taken part in pro bono work, share up to two case studies
  2. non case studies (Word 921 KB) – if your organisation does not currently provide pro bono services, tell us how you're supporting or engaging with the pro bono community

Email your submissions to Valerie Robertson.

The deadline is Monday 19 September 2022.

If you cannot meet this deadline, contact Valerie Robertson as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.

New signatories who join the Charter mid-year are not required (but are encouraged) to submit a report.

How to sign the charter

You can sign the Pro Bono Charter using the form below. You’ll need to nominate someone at your firm to be your pro bono contact.


You can sign the charter if you’re working for a Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)-regulated organisation, or your organisation employs a practising, SRA-regulated individual who's managing your pro bono programme.

By signing the charter, your organisation agrees it:

  • is (or will be) developing a pro bono programme
  • has endorsed the joint pro bono protocol, and
  • will provide a contact responsible for pro bono

If you’re not sure if your organisation qualifies to join, contact our pro bono policy adviser, Valerie Robertson.

Statement of commitment to the Pro Bono Charter

We believe that a commitment to access to justice is at the heart of the legal profession and that pro bono work, as one method of achieving this, is an integral part of the working lives of solicitors.

Pro bono legal work is always only an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, a proper system of publicly funded legal services. Pro bono acts as an adjunct to state funded services, which provides an exceptionally important contribution to society, helping many vulnerable people, families on lower incomes, charities and international communities, whose legal needs would otherwise be left unmet.

We recognise that at all stages throughout their career, solicitors have the capacity to use their professional expertise to help those with legal needs and we will strive to encourage a commitment to pro bono throughout the solicitor profession.

Accordingly, we will:

  • strive to achieve best practice in our pro bono work, for individuals and organisations, who require legal advice in order to access justice but who cannot afford it
  • support the development of best practice in pro bono by sharing examples of practical activities and advice, as appropriate
  • work with other Charter signatories to develop and adopt future protocols and best practice guidance that support the practical implementation of the aims of this Pro Bono Charter
  • endeavour to contribute a biennial report on pro bono – for example, providing data and/or case studies – the content of the report and form of data to be decided following consultation with Charter signatories
  • take responsibility for meeting our Pro Bono Charter commitments

As a minimum sign of commitment to pro bono, we agree that we have (or are developing):

  • a pro bono policy
  • an identified person or committee responsible for pro bono work
  • endorsed the joint pro bono protocol

Signing up to the Pro Bono Charter is easy and applications can be made using the form below. You'll need to supply details of a pro bono identified contact.

For enquiries about the charter, please contact our pro bono policy advisor, Valerie Robertson.

Sign up

The signatories below believe that, by being a signatory to the Pro Bono Charter, their law firm or organisation is demonstrating its commitment to improving access to justice for those individuals and organisations who have legal needs and are ineligible for legal aid and unable to afford to pay for legal services.

Alison Law Solicitors LLP
Allen & Overy LLP
Amjad Malik Solicitors
Anglo-Thai Legal
Aria Grace Law
Aristone Solicitors
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (UK) LLP
Ashurst LLP
Baker McKenzie
Barclays PLC
Bates, Wells & Braithwaite LLP
Bates, Wells Braithwaite (Sudbury, Suffolk) LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Black Antelope Law
BPP University
British Telecom
Charles Russell Speechlys
Clifford Chance LLP
Clyde & Co LLP
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Cripps LLP
Cygnet Law
Davis Woolfe
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dechert LLP
Dentsu Aegis Network
DJS Law Solicitors
Dotcom Solicitors Limited
Duncan Lewis
EcoM Solicitors
Environmental Law Foundation
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Farrer & Co LLP
Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Gamlins Law Ltd
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Goodman Derrick LLP
Government Legal Department
Gowling WLG
Healthcare Law
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Hogan Lovells LLP
Holland & Knight (UK) LLP
Hudgell Solicitors
Hunter & Uro Ltd
Irwin Mitchell LLP
Joe Egan Solicitors
Jude Owen Law Solicitors & Advocates
Julie West Solicitor
Kesar & Co Solicitors
Kingsley Napley LLP
Kirkland & Ellis
Laura Devine Solicitors
Legacare (UK) Ltd
Lincolnshire Co-op
Macfarlanes LLP
Martin Searle Solicitors
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors
Mayer Brown International LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Morgan Lewis
Morrison & Foerster LLP
MTC & Co Solicitors
Muckle LLP
National Centre for Domestic Violence
Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre
Obaseki Solicitors
Owens Solicitors
Pallas Partners LLP
Paragon Law
Peace Legal
Pinsent Masons
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)
Penningtons Manches LLP
QualitySolicitors Jordans
Reed Smith LLP
Renaissance Legal
Ropes & Gray LLP
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Shoosmiths LLP
SHU Law Limited
Sidley Austin LLP
Simmons & Simmons
Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
Slaughter & May
SMK Law Solicitors
Spire Solicitors LLP
Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
Stevens & Bolton LLP
STS Solicitors
Sunley Solicitors Limited
Taylor Wessing LLP
The UCL Centre for Access to Justice
The Woodland Davies Partnership LLP
Travers Smith LLP
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Tyndallwoods Solicitors
University of Birmingham Law School
University of Bolton
University of Exeter's Community Law Clinic
University of Hull Legal Advice Centre
Vincent Sykes & Hyman LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP
William Graham Law Ltd
Wilson Solicitors LLP
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
Woodland Rothbury Jessel Solicitors
Youth Legal & Resource Centre

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