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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.
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
- Eligibility for nomination for our Pro Bono Excellence Award [LINK]
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.
For enquiries about the charter, contact our pro bono policy adviser.
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@lawsociety.org.uk.
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
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (UK) LLP
Bates, Wells & Braithwaite LLP
Bates, Wells Braithwaite (Sudbury, Suffolk) LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Black Antelope Law
Clifford Chance LLP
Clyde & Co LLP
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Covington & Burling LLP
Dentsu Aegis Network
DJS Law Solicitors
DLA Piper LLP
Dotcom Solicitors Limited
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
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Hogan Lovells LLP
Holland & Knight (UK) LLP
Hunter & Uro Ltd
Irwin Mitchell LLP
Joe Egan Solicitors
Jude Owen Law Solicitors & Advocates
Julie West Solicitor
Kingsley Napley LLP
Kirkland & Ellis
Laura Devine Solicitors
Legacare (UK) Ltd
Martin Searle Solicitors
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors
Mayer Brown International LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
MTC & Co Solicitors
National Centre for Domestic Violence
Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Penningtons Manches LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Shearman & Sterling 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
Sunley Solicitors Limited
Taylor Wessing LLP
The UCL Centre for Access to Justice
The Woodland Davies Partnership LLP
Travers Smith LLP
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
University of Birmingham Law School
University of Hull Legal Advice Centre
Vincent Sykes & Hyman LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP
William Graham Law Ltd
Woodland Rothbury Jessel Solicitors
Youth Legal & Resource Centre