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.

Programmes

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 (membership@lawworks.org.uk) 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/.  

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.
The Islington Legal Advice Centre provides free legal advice at weekly drop in sessions on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Crypt of St Mary's Church on Upper Street. The service is available to Islington residents but individuals from other boroughs will not be excluded. For the past 12 months, an online service has been offered too.
St Michael's Church Camden Town, which is located close to Camden Town Tube station, facilitates a weekly legal drop in service on Wednesday evenings.
ULLAC offers free initial legal advice on certain areas of law to people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay. ULLAC's service is delivered remotely using Zoom or telephone. Volunteer lawyers can work from their offices and daytime or evening appointments are available.
Chelmsford Law Clinic, working in partnership with Citizens Advice, aims to improve the availability of free legal advice to clients, who cannot afford to pay, in the Chelmsford area.
Work Rights Centre are a charity dedicated to ending precarious work. Established in 2016 by migrants and for migrants, they work to help vulnerable workers understand and access their employment rights, and secure their social mobility with employability and digital literacy advice.
Kinship (formerly Grandparents Plus) was established in 2002 by the social worker Jean Stogden and social entrepreneur Sir Michael Young. They are the leading national charity for kinship carers in England and Wales and now deliver support to kinship families across 83 local authorities. 
The University of Exeter's Community Law Clinic provides pro bono legal advice, information and support to the local community. There is no law centre in the Exeter area and high public demand combined with limited pro bono capacity in the south-west as a whole. The University of Exeter Community Law Clinic's new Care Leavers Advocacy Project offers legal advice and information to care leavers.
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.