Welcome to the 14th annual National Pro Bono Week (NPBW)
NPBW is a week that celebrates the pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession.
NPBW has always been extremely important. Not only does it showcase the work that we, as a profession, are doing and the impact that work is having, but it also gives those who have not yet been involved in pro bono work the chance to learn about the various schemes and how they can get involved.
This year the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales (JLD) has been speaking with its members about the pro bono work that junior lawyers are doing across the country. We have learnt about a range of schemes from free legal advice clinics to helping small business and young entrepreneurs. We have selected five of our members to provide a testimonial about the scheme they are involved with and we will showcase one at lunchtime on each day of NPBW. Starting today!
Follow our social media sites as these will provide the link to the daily testimonials and please do take the time to read them and see what junior lawyers are doing to help.
Even though our members are involved in different schemes, when we spoke to them about the importance of pro bono the response was overwhelmingly similar; pro bono work is crucial because it allows people who do not have access to legal services to receive help and guidance. This is more relevant now than ever due to the vast changes to the legal industry and the cuts on legal aid.
I hope you enjoy our mini-series and I would like to thank all of those who have taken the time to provide a testimonial.
Executive Committee, JLD
Emma Dickinson, solicitor at Action for Children, talks about her pro bono work with the Cranfield Trust and HRNet
Laura Huntington of Eversheds provides an insight into providing pro bono services for the Manuel Bravo Project
Hayley Gore and Lauren Cooke, trainees at DLA Piper, explain how they and their colleagues provide pro bono services through the Princes Trust Legal Support Service.
Laura Pearce of JFH Law talks about her work with the Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme.
Josie Beal of Prettys Solicitors talks about the volunteering services at the Suffolk Law Advice Centre run by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality.