We believe in the power of pro bono legal advice to help improve the lives of people in need. We work to achieve this in two ways:
- enabling access to justice to individuals in need of advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and are without the means to pay for a lawyer; and
- brokering legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations, to support the continuation and expansion of their services to people in need.
We support and develop pro bono activity across England and Wales, using our experience and understanding to ensure pro bono efforts are targeted where they can be most effective and have the greatest impact.
Our work is informed by the needs of people, developed in collaboration with partner stakeholders, and delivered by a network of committed volunteer lawyers and law students.
We aim to gather and publicise evidence from across our networks about the legal advice requirements of people in need, including the impacts of legal aid reforms, and we advocate for positive change.
We use the evidence we gather from our work to advocate for and influence change to policy and regulation that hinder the provision of free legal advice and assistance to people in need of it.
When asked what would have happened if they had been unable to access our services, clients of LawWorks Cymru answered, “would have been in hospital”, “would be homeless”, “would have lost my house” and “would be bankrupt”.