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Become your firm’s pro bono pioneer

Brogan Solomon explains how junior lawyers can alleviate their firms’ concerns about pro bono work by highlighting the opportunities available and skills they can develop

14 November 2016

The 15th annual National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) commenced on 7 November 2016 to highlight the work undertaken by the legal profession on a pro bono basis and celebrate the positive impact of this work.

Pro bono isn’t confined to just one week, but NPBW highlights the challenge sometimes faced by junior lawyers wanting to get involved. A common question that the Junior Lawyers’ Division (JLD) is asked is ‘how can I show my firm that pro bono is a good thing?’ or ‘how can I encourage my firm to let me get involved with pro bono?’.

Many firms go to considerable lengths to ensure that they assist in the provision of pro bono advice, with some even incorporating some pro bono hours into fee earners’ annual targets. However, not all firms adopt this approach and sometimes junior lawyers can find themselves having to justify participation in ...

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