Originally developed by Justice Connect in Australia, their award-winning portal has been adapted for use in the UK and other international jurisdictions.
The Portal is available to law centres, advice agencies and others to post their pro bono opportunities and connect with law firms and in-house legal teams. Alternatively, the pro bono opportunities can be sent to LawWorks to be added to the Portal.
When registering on the Portal participating law firms and in-house legal teams can identify the areas of law and types of pro bono they are interested in, they can then access and review the pro opportunities available and choose those they are interested in.
LawWorks will be using the Portal for our own pro bono projects and programmes. From 15th November our Not-for-Profits programme, which connects smaller charities with free legal advice, will begin using the Portal to communicate and broker our casework and honorary counsel opportunities. For further information contact our Not-for-Profits programme team.
We are working with a range of stakeholders to promote awareness of the Portal and to maximise its reach and full potential. This includes an advisory group with representatives of law firms, in-house legal teams, Justice Connect and the law centre and advice community.
Initially operating in England and Wales, LawWorks is ambitious for the Portal and its potential to become a national ‘one stop shop’ for solicitors and others seeking legal pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
How to get involved
For more information about the Portal and how to get involved, as a pro bono lawyer or an organisation or project with pro bono requests, email LawWorks' Digital team.
Legal and advice agencies can submit their triaged opportunities to LawWorks via an online form or can get in touch about having direct access to the platform.