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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    15 May 2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pro bono

    This guidance is for members who are thinking of providing pro bono assistance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    1 May 2020

    Pro bono under coronavirus (COVID-19): summary of guidance

    Valerie Robertson summarises the key pro bono guidance available for City firms on coronavirus (COVID-19).

    30 April 2020

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    Our head of justice Richard Miller explains how the rule of law benefits us and that judges are not the enemy of the people, in a blog for Justice Week Monday 24 to Friday 28 February 2020.

    11 February 2020

    Court duty scheme for private law family clients

    This practice note has information for practitioners on managing the professional risks involved in providing advice through a court duty scheme.

    11 December 2019
    Practice note

    Podcast: Pombo tokens

    Guillermo Guerra, Carlos Alvarez discuss their blockchain pro-bono initiative with Alex Storer.

    6 December 2019

    Pro bono guide for in-house solicitors and legal teams

    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
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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, Valerie Robertson.

    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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