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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    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
    News

    Introduction to pro bono

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

    10 September 2019
    Information

    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
    Advice

    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
    Blog

    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
    Blog

    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
    Blog

    Pro bono

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

    12 October 2018
    Information

    Justice Week

    Justice Week aims to improve access to justice. It's championed by the Law Society, the Bar Council and CILEx.

    20 September 2018
    Policy

    In-house pro bono practice: regulatory requirements

    This practice note explores the regulatory impediments to in-house solicitors providing pro bono services to the public.

    31 May 2018
    Practice note

    National tragedies, local response

    In 2017 the country has been struck by a series of tragedies. A number of terrorist attacks were followed by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. The whole country was united in sympathy for those affected by these events, and wanted to do something to help. The legal community was no different.

    7 November 2017
    Blog
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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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    Free and confidential support and advice for Law Society members and employees of law firms.
    Call us on 020 7320 5675.

  • 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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