National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) was conceived in 2001 by the then Attorney General and the Attorney General's Committee to recognise the contribution that legal professionals make, free-of-charge, to people and organisations in need of legal advice and representation who would otherwise be unable to afford it. It was run and funded by the three professional bodies - the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
From 2018, the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx are expanding National Pro Bono Week to become Justice Week. Building on the achievements of National Pro Bono Week, Justice Week will celebrate the pro bono work of legal professionals and support, guide and encourage those who or are looking to undertake pro bono work for the first time. Justice Week also has a wider focus on the rule of law and access to justice, looking at issues such as legal aid. Find out more about Justice Week.
In the week before Justice Week, the National Pro Bono Centre is running Pro Bono Week to coincide with the global celebration of pro bono that takes place every October all across the world. Find out more about Pro Bono Week.
The Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx continue to support the pro bono sector with:
Find out about ideas for Justice Week events and top tips for organising your events and activities.
View links to organisations where solicitors, barristers and legal executives can volunteer.
Pro Bono Policy Adviser Kerry NicholsonKerry.Nicholson@lawsociety.org.uk 020 8049 3933
Press officer Harriet Beaumont Harriet.Beaumont@lawsociety.org.uk020 8049 3854