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Beyond the call of duty

Were it not for pro bono, many people would be denied legal representation. As lawyers, the desire to succeed in a case should apply whether or not the client is paying, says Lydia Pemberton

1 December 2009

I am a firm believer in the adage that “to whom much is given, much is expected”.

As a lawyer, whether in practice or within the academic sphere, it is sometimes easy to underestimate just how daunting it may be to appear as a litigant in person. Of course, one always has to be realistic and build a sustainable, income-based practice, but the pursuit of such should not be at the total exclusion of those who need help but cannot access it.

It should be a given that as a law student, trainee or newly qualified solicitor, one has the skills and knowledge to sometimes work on a pro bono basis; often what is lacking is the inclination. But if there is time to be given, I would urge you to consider volunteering.

The Bar Pro Bono Unit, (the equivalent to the solicitors’ LawWorks) is a charity which acts as clearing house to marry the disciplines and interests of its barrister volunteers with the needs of those calling upon it.

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