National Pro Bono Week

PRO BONO: CALLING ALL IN HOUSE LAWYERS!

The 20th annual UK National Pro Bono Week takes place this year from 1-5 November and The In House Pro Bono Group is encouraging UK in-house legal departments to use this year as an opportunity to celebrate our pro bono work.

Please join us during National Pro Bono Week to:

  • Join our webinar and training, “In House Counsel and Law Firms Doing Pro Bono Together” (register here);
  • Join our webinar and training, “Legal Clinic 101 Series: Practical Tips when Advising at Legal Clinics” (register here);
  • Encourage and promote the work of pro bono volunteer lawyers; and
  • Use this event as an opportunity to convert that positive energy into actual pro bono work and hours.

Please watch out for further emails in the build up to the week, and our social media feeds (@inhouseprobono on Twitter and LinkedIn), and we ask if you would kindly spread the word and share and retweet our posts.

For more details about National Pro Bono Week, please see the official website here.

Share Your Success!

We would really like to hear from the in-house legal community about what you are doing for pro bono week. So please tell us how you plan to promote pro bono within your organisation during Pro Bono Week, and about any particular projects or initiatives you are able to share information about.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on info@inhouseprobono.uk, and thanks to all of you for participating.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

There are a number of ways you can undertake pro bono work on the day, or kick off a project. They include:

  • External Law Firms. Partner with your external counsel who may have pro bono projects or casework that they need assistance on. Not only can you achieve more together, it is also a great and rewarding way to develop the client-law firm relationship.
  • Law Works. If you are a member of LawWorks (paid membership), speak to them about potential opportunities.
    • About LawWorks. LawWorks is a Solicitors Pro Bono Group, a charity which promotes and supports pro bono legal advice. Click here for further details.
  • If you are a member of TrustLaw (free membership), volunteer for one of their opportunities available here.
    • About TrustLaw. Trustlaw helps connect charities that need pro bono support to potential legal advisors. Note that for any stand-alone advice, in-house legal departments would require professional indemnity insurance.
  • LawWorks Free Legal Answers. You can engage in providing stand-alone advice through LawWorks’ Free Legal Answers.
    • About LawWorks Free Legal Answers. Individuals on low income, and not eligible for legal aid, can request initial or brief advice about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer via this online free service. The service is run by LawWorks. Any advice and information provided by lawyers through the Free Legal Answers website is covered by professional indemnity insurance held by LawWorks.

Additional resources: Other helpful assistance on finding pro bono projects can be found in the in-house pro bono guidance issued in 2019. Click here for further details.

In House Pro Bono Group Events

Mark your calendar for these events organized by the In House Pro Bono Group for National Pro Bono Week. Our planning is still ongoing, so be sure to check back regularly for new events. To join our planning group, email us at info@inhouseprobono.uk

2 November

In House Counsel and Law Firms Doing Pro Bono Together

The In House Pro Bono Group invites you to join us for a webinar with Clifford Chance and Ropes & Gray on how in house lawyers and law firms can partner effectively to do pro bono together. The session will cover developing a partnership with an in house team/law firm, considerations when working on a pro bono project together, challenges and how they can be overcome. We will also hear from a charity, Refugee Action, on what is most useful in terms of pro bono support.

Register here.

3 November

Legal Clinic 101 Series: Practical Tips when Advising at Legal Clinics with the In House Pro Bono Group

Never worked in a legal clinic or feel you could benefit from hearing from some experts in the field? This is a practical session to find out more about what to expect when volunteering at a legal clinic. The session will be introduced by Sarah Oliver Scemla and feature Charlotte Rendle from Simmons & Simmons and Joshua Smith, in house counsel.

 

Register here.