It’s the 11th annual National Pro Bono Week, sponsored by the Bar Council, the Law Society, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and the College of Law; the time of the year where lawyers are applauded for their incredible voluntary work.
Each day lawyers all over the world bring justice to those who could not otherwise afford it. The Pro Bono Yearbook of England and Wales lists an impressive amount of pro bono activity which has taken place over the last year. LawWorks, pro bono charity for solicitors, particularly stands out; they enable “hundreds of voluntary organisations and tens of thousands of individuals to benefit from the support of over 25,000 lawyers”. In the past year they received 532 applications from community groups and placed around half, as well as placing another 92 individual cases.
According to a recent LawWorks survey, 78% of firms plan to continue with their charitable work and not respond to the Legal Aid cuts. There was “widespread concern about the impact of LASPO, but almost no planning or appetite for moving into new areas of pro bono work to fill the gaps.”
The upcoming highlight of the week is on Saturday 10th, where a LawWorks Student Conference will take place at the University of Manchester.