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Pro bono: Where to start?

Charlotte Parkinson advises experienced practitioners and wannabe-lawyers alike where and how to volunteer their free time

10 November 2015

At a time when the government is increasing cuts to legal aid, the demand for pro bono services is increasing. While pro bono cannot completely ‘fill the gap’ for the legal aid system, as a profession we are committed to helping the most vulnerable in society. But it ?is not always clear what opportunities are out there.

LawWorks is one of the country’s largest national pro bono charities for solicitors. They match practitioners with pro bono projects, whether that be helping individuals or advising small charities. By way of example, LawWorks collaborate with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide employment-related support for those with cancer and their carers. 

Universities in your area ?may have law clinics which ?rely on the support of legal professionals. This support usually involves assisting law students with their research to be able to provide advice to a client on a specific issue. Some clinics also have specialist focus areas where e...

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