Pro bono opportunities

Please note in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic the start date, induction and training for volunteers may be limited as organisations follow government advice.
LawWorks develops and supports the delivery of a number of pro bono programmes and initiatives. There are many other pro bono opportunities across England and Wales.

Progammes

Depending on your particular interest and capacity, there are a range of programmes we support which solicitors from member firms can get involved with: 

The Not-For-Profits Programme connects small not-for-profit organisations in need of legal support with the skills and expertise of lawyers, to support the continuation and expansion of their services to people in need. 

Secondary specialisation is a programme to support lawyers in firms and in-house teams to develop expertise in areas of social welfare law and employment where need is significant and supply increasingly limited. 

If you would like to support our work by becoming a member do get in touch. Please contact our membership officer ([email protected]) or 020 7092 3941.

Clinics Network

LawWorks runs a Clinic Network, which supports and develops independent pro bono clinics across England and Wales. 

Clinics on the LawWorks Clinic Network are independent, locally run and provide free initial advice to individuals, predominantly in the area of social welfare law on either a drop-in or appointment basis. Advice is delivered face-to-face, over the telephone and in some circumstances via Skype. Solicitors can volunteer at clinics as individuals or as part of a firm/in-house team initiative depending on the clinic and its needs. 

Legal and skills training is offered to clinics on the Clinics Network to give volunteer solicitors the confidence to provide advice at clinics.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Our listings of pro bono opportunities give an overview of current volunteering opportunities across the country. Please see below.

If you would like to learn about other ways to volunteer, please visit the Get involved section of the website or visit the National Pro Bono Centre website at: www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/volunteer-portal/.  

We provide free legal advice to clients who cannot afford to pay for advice. We are looking for solicitors with experience in wills and probate who can supervise students in advising clients. Clients are triaged by the pro bono coordinator, students then undertake legal research and design a conference plan. Students then interview the client in a team to fill in gaps and seek further documentation and draft a letter of advice, which will be guided and supervised by a volunteer solicitor to ensure legal accuracy.
We provide free legal advice to clients who cannot afford to pay for advice. We are looking for solicitors who can supervise students in advising clients with Deputy matters in the Court of Protection. Clients are triaged by the pro bono coordinator, students then undertake legal research and design a conference plan. Students then interview the client in a team to fill in gaps and seek further documentation and draft a letter of advice, which will be guided and supervised by a volunteer solicitor to ensure legal accuracy.
There is no law centre in the Exeter area and limited pro bono capacity combined with high public demand in the southwest of England as a whole. The Access to Justice Clinic is a project set up by the University of Exeter to provide pro bono legal advice and support for the local community across a range of issues including (but not limited to) housing, employment, benefits and tax credits, probate, contracts, debt, criminal law and intellectual property.
BPP’s Employment Law Telephone Advice Line (ELTAL) is a service which provides legal advice to individuals who have an employment law problem. ELTAL deals with a broad spectrum of legal issues which impact employees for example, unfair dismissal, grievances, whistleblowing and discrimination.
The weekly pro bono clinic works in partnership with Citizens Advice County Durham to provide legal advice to clients in the local Durham community. This clinic has always operated an online model, and as such, is well established to adapt to current circumstances. Due to increased demand, the clinic is looking to expand their current offering to be able to assist more clients.
There is no law centre in the Exeter area and no law firm in Exeter with an immigration legal aid contract so many migrants in the region do not receive the advice they need. The Immigration Law Clinic is a project set up by the University of Exeter Law School with support from the University of Law, Refugee Support Devon and others. The aim is to address this absence of legal advice, while giving law students first-hand experience of immigration law in practice.
The University of Law in Liverpool has recently launched a new free legal advice clinic. The clinic is helping Ulaw’s post graduate students practice their professional skills whilst supporting the local community with as many different legal issues as possible.
Staffed by students, and supervised by experienced clinic staff and volunteer solicitors from leading Liverpool law firms, the Centre advises on a wide range of legal issues.
Centre 70 has been providing expert, quality advice since 1970, they offer advice on housing, debt, welfare benefits alongside an evening legal surgery, and with their low-cost counselling service as well they are a trusted source of support at the heart of the community in West Norwood, Lambeth.
Royal Holloway's Legal Advice Centre provides free legal advice to the local community and beyond. We advise on landlord and tenant matters, contract, consumer, and family law. We are specifically looking for housing lawyers to assist us.