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/.  

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a public university in Elephant and Castle, based in the London Borough of Southwark, close to the south bank of the Thames. LSBU is looking for a law firm partner to give specialist advice in employment law.
Celebrating their 120th anniversary, Toynbee Hall are seeking to work with more law firms with a passion for pro bono and access to justice who can support them in securing the success and sustainability of the service in the years to come.
South West London Law Centres is an independent registered charity which gives individuals and communities legal advice and support both by Legal Aid and through 15 pro bono clinics.
Centre 70 is an Advice and Counselling Service. We provide free, impartial, confidential and independent advice on social welfare law.
BPP's Enterprise Legal Advice Clinic provides startups and small enterprises with free student-led written legal advice on a diverse range of commercial issues from setting up a business, protecting intellectual property, company procedures, commercial property to disputes with consumers or suppliers.
BPP Legal Advice Clinic runs a pro bono family law appointment advice clinic providing free, independent high quality advice to for clients with family law issues.
University of Law Leeds Legal Advice Clinic offers a free 30 minute appointment with a specialist volunteer lawyer at the centre and are currently able to advise on family, employment and housing matters.
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.
Richmond Legal Advice Service (RLAS) aim is to provide clients with initial and basic legal advice and assistance where the legal advice is provided by volunteers who are qualified lawyers (solicitors, barristers). RLAS provides the advice and assistance without charge to clients.
The Law Clinic at Harlow Citizens Advice, offers free 30 minute telephone advice appointments for clients who have already passed through the Citizens Advice Gateway assessment and who have been identified as needing specialist legal advice