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 guide was produced for National Pro Bono Week 2016 and sets out sources of help for individuals, sources of help for advisers, sources of help for charities, and how to support pro bono (for lawyers).
Pro bono mini guides have been produced by LawWorks to provide brief introductions to sections of the Manual.The guides include Different Types of Pro Bono, Pro Bono Skills and Useful Organisations, and The Case for Pro Bono and Getting Started. Please scroll to the bottom of the page on the Law Society website to find the links.
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.
Participation in the LawWorks Clinics Network is completely free and allows access to many services such as training, resources and guidance on the practical aspects of running a legal advice clinic and the opportunity to network and exchange best practice with over 200 clinics nationally. This document outlines the support and resources available to clinics in the network.
In civil cases, pro bono cost orders are paid to the Access to Justice Foundation under s.194 Legal Services Act 2007. The recent introduction of the Pro Bono Passport aims to make the process of claiming vital legal costs easier by encouraging individuals and legal advisers to record hours spent on cases, enabling an accurate claim for pro bono costs to be made. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org