Pro Bono Surgeries
Many of the free legal advice agencies we support hold advice clinics, most of which run in the evenings. A number of these need more individual volunteers, or corporate partners. If you are a law firm looking for a new partnership, do get in touch as we know of several organisations who would be interested.
In these times of ever more restricted government and charity funding, legal advice agencies are looking for corporate support to fill the void in funding for their services. The help of large firms and chambers is needed far and wide, and it’s a function of LawWorks and Advocate to try to spread that help. This is so that it help isn’t only distributed among the limited number of agencies close to city centres.
As well as volunteer advisors, there are many ways you can get involved. For example, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes cover far more activity than just pro bono advice. In addition to ad hoc help and advice to such agencies, firms and chambers can build productive pro bono partnerships with particular agencies. Moreover, it’s possible for these relationships to develop beyond standard pro bono arrangements and become fully-fledged CSR partnerships.
The needs of legal advice agencies are particularly suited to the resource capacity of large corporate law firms, and this type of relationship best allows for both parties to maximise the benefits of partnership. This type of CSR relationship, as suggested above, normally starts with a pro bono partnership.