Pro Bono Surgeries
Many of the free legal advice centres 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 will look to corporate support to fill the void in funding for services which they provide. The help of large firms and chambers is needed far and wide, and it is a function of LawWorks and Advocate to try to spread that help so that it 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; we know that 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 and it is possible for those relationships to develop beyond standard pro bono arrangements and become fully-fledged CSR partnerships.
The needs of legal advice centres 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 being partners. This type of CSR relationship, as suggested above, normally starts with a pro bono partnership. This is the easiest form of support that a firm can give to an advice centre, and crucially is one of the easiest to terminate if the partnership does not flourish; beginning such a relationship is relatively risk-free