LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards

LawWorks is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards and lecture 2017. The closing date for nominations is 9th October

The Awards recognise and celebrate achievement in legal pro bono undertaken by organisations and individuals and the dedication and commitment of the legal sector to positively impact individuals and communities.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 5th December 2017, at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London. 

We are delighted that the annual Awards lecture (and award presentations) will be given by Hilarie Bass, the President of the American Bar Association.

The judging panel are:

  • Mick Antoniw, Counsel General, Wales
  • Alison McKenna, Principle Judge, Charity Tribunal
  • Paul Rogerson, Editor-in-chief, Law Society Gazette
  • Bryan Scant, Chair, Junior Lawyers Division
  • Carol Storer, Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group

Award Categories

Awards will be given to recognise quality, commitment, contribution and impact of pro bono legal work. To reflect and capture the breadth, variety and scope of pro bono, the judges will consider nominations in the following categories: 

  • Most effective pro bono partnership. 
  • Best contribution by a small firm. 
  • Best contribution by an English regional firm. 
  • Best contribution by a firm with a London head office. 
  • Best contribution by an international firm. 
  • Best contribution by an in-house team. 
  • Best contribution by an individual. 
  • Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award. 
  • The LawWorks Cymru Award

Nomination Forms and Guidance

The nominations form and guidance are available on the LawWorks website at the following links:

Nominate now  Awards guidance

The documents can also be downloaded, please see related resources below.

To be eligible nominees need to be a member of LawWorks (joining as of 6th October 2017), but the pro bono work does not have to be delivered through a LawWorks project, programme or member of our Clinic Network.

The pro bono work does not need to be 'new' to be nominated - previous nominations and more longstanding projects and commitment are worthy of recognition and celebration. What may seem to be a 'modest' pro bono contribution is deserving where it has made a difference. 

We welcome new members to LawWorks who wish to nominate for their pro bono work, and/or to support our charitable objectives in supporting pro bono and enabling access to justice. 

Nominations Deadline

The deadline for nominations is midnight, Monday 9th October 2017.

(The kind support of Lexis Nexis means that our Awards evening and reception is free to attend).

Please address any queries in relation to the awards to James Sandbach, Director of Policy and External Affairs on 020 7092 3943 or [email protected]   


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