Join us on 5 November, as we launch our new guidance for our in-house members on working pro bono.

We recognise that in-house corporate, non-profit and public sector counsel make a significant contribution to pro bono legal advice, providing assistance to both not-for-profits and individuals.

Pro bono enables in-house lawyers to give back to their communities, enhance professional and personal development, and can bring long-term benefits for organisations which support their employees to carry out pro bono work.

The Law Society, in collaboration with LawWorks, The Collaborative Plan and the In-house Pro Bono Working Group, is launching guidance specific to in-house members on how they can carry out pro bono work. The SRA’s new Standards and Regulations, which will come into force on 25 November 2019, will change practice restrictions on in-house lawyers. Our guide will provide guidance on those changes, as well as information on:

  • how in-house counsel can make the business case for pro bono
  • how to scope for a pro bono programme
  • ways in-house counsel can get involved in pro bono work
  • how to overcome barriers to doing pro bono work
  • building a pro bono infrastructure
  • case studies.

The guide will be launched at a roundtable on 5 November at the Law Society during Pro Bono Week and will be available online soon after. If you are an in-house lawyer who would like to attend, please contact Priya Krishnan for further details. We’ll be covering the roundtable discussions in the January 2020 edition of Inside Out.

A series of regional roundtables will take place in early 2020 in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. These roundtables will allow contributors to the guide to meet with regional in-house members with an interest in pro bono work.

If you are an in-house lawyer and want to know more about pro bono work, please contact Valerie Robertson .