Pro bono

  • Pro Bono: it's part of being a lawyer

    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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    Pro bono guide for in-house solicitors

    Information and guidance for in-house solicitors who want to develop pro bono work within their organisations.

    5 November 2019

    The lawyer will see you now: the GP pro bono clinic

    June Venters was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 1984, appointed QC in 2006 and the first woman solicitor to take Silk, and called to the Bar in 2017.

    4 November 2019

    European Lawyers Day 2019: Legal aid in criminal matters

    This podcast marks European Lawyers Day 2019. This year, the focus is on the right to legal aid in criminal matters and access to a lawyer when detained in prison.

    24 October 2019

    Take part in Pro Bono Week 2019

    This year's Pro Bono Week takes place from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November. Find out how you can get involved.

    2 October 2019

    Introduction to pro bono

    A brief explanation of pro bono work and how to find it.

    10 September 2019

    Legal aid guide for pro bono clinics

    We produced this guide to help those conducting pro bono work understand when their clients may be entitled to legal aid.

    13 August 2019

    Westminster weekly update: Law Society gives evidence on court and tribunal reforms

    Your weekly update from the Law Society's public affairs team on all the latest developments and debates in Parliament and across Whitehall.

    28 May 2019

    Walk for justice: Caring about access to justice in a time of cuts

    Rosa Coleman is a marketing and development officer at the charity London Legal Support Trust and blogs about how access to justice and legal aid is under threat, and what you can do to help.

    24 April 2019

    Pro bono - good for the community, good for lawyers too

    What is pro bono work? It is free legal advice or help provided by lawyers to the public. Lawyers have always done pro bono work. 

    22 October 2018

    Pro bono

    Learn more about how the Law Society supports its members' pro bono initiatives

    12 October 2018
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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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  • 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, Kerry Nicholson.

    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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  • The case for pro bono

    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?

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