What we do

We connect people in need of legal advice and assistance with the skills and expertise of lawyers willing to meet those needs for free.We work with the not-for-profit organisations that support them to ensure they have the capacity to provide their crucial services.

STRATEGY

To achieve our objectives we have a three year strategy in place (2015 - 2017). 

LawWorks Strategy - 2015-2017.docx
 

LAWWORKS IN NUMBERS

  • 100+ members including large magic circle law firms and corporate in- house teams to small high street law firms, law schools and charities
     
  • 29,000 client enquiries at LawWorks clinics in the period of April 2013 to March 2014
     
  • 17,980 clients given advice at clinics in the period of April 2013 to March 2014 
     
  • ​160+ Not-for-profits cases taken on by member firms and in-house teams in 2014
     
  • 40 Social Welfare and professional skills training sessions delivered a year
     
  • 1500+ solicitors and advisors attended training last year

PROGRAMMES

We develop and support a number of pro bono programmes, including:

  • The LawWorks Clinic Network provides free initial advice to individuals, predominantly in the area of social welfare law.
     
  • The Not-For-Profits Programme connects small not-for-profit organisations in need of legal support with the skills and expertise of volunteer lawyers, strengthening the capacity of those organisations to deliver their services. 
     
  • Our Secondary Specialisation project is a pilot programme which trains and supports lawyers to provide in-depth advice and representation in under resourced areas of social welfare law. 
     
  • CPD accredited legal and skills training to give volunteers confidence to advise at clinics. Find out more.
     

NATIONAL POLICY

We use evidence from our work with members and partners to advocate for change to policies that hinder the provision of free legal advice.

Successes include:

We are currently working to change:

  • The regulations on consumer and credit debt advice - this creates a barrier for some volunteer lawyers in being able to provide advice on debt issues at local clinics; 
     
  • Regulations on in-house lawyers’ involvement in pro bono - these can restrict the scope of legal advice by in-house volunteers. We recently submitted a response to a Legal Services Board (LSB) consultation on the issue.

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