Published 30/11/2018 by Roisin O'Connell
Against a backdrop of more people facing legal problems alone, two pro bono charities will explore how closer working can improve the contribution and co-ordination of pro bono advice and representation.
Family drug and alcohol courts (FDAC) ‘one of the most important developments in family justice in the last 40 years’ will close in September due to lack of funds. Independent evaluations show that FDAC saves local authorities who support the problem-solving model £2.30 for every £1 spent.
(Author Jamie Goldsmith, Pro Bono Connect) Barristers and solicitors often do pro bono cases separately. Sometimes that is appropriate, but- for litigation in particular- it is much more efficient and effective to work together as a team. That is what happens in paid litigation: so why not pro bono cases too? Pro Bono Connect brings the two halves of the profession together.
(Author: Joanna Sidhu, CrowdJustice) CrowdJustice is the only crowdfunding platform built for legal cases. Launched in May 2015, CrowdJustice’s mission is to increase access to justice by helping communities come together around legal issues that matter to them. The site gives people the tools to raise funds needed for a legal case, whilst raising awareness around specific issues and giving communities a voice. Along the way, CrowdJustice has helped raise over £3m to fund hundreds of cases, three of which have gone all the way to the Supreme Court.
An initiative of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service, the Index shows the amount of pro bono being done globally by law firms on a country-by-country basis.
The Law Society has recently produced new tools designed to help law firms and in-house teams develop the capacity and strategic presence of pro bono work to improve access to justice and meet unmet legal needs. The Pro Bono Manual sets out the steps legal practices may take in order to develop a strategic pro bono programme and includes template policies, engagement letters, memorandums of understanding as well as best practice guidance and information about strategic partners within the sector.