The business of pro bono

The business of pro bono

Did you know that last week was the 12th annual National Pro Bono Week?

Jon Robins, editor of The Pro Bono Yearbook of England and Wales 2013 published by the Bar Council, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the Law Society, has been considering the challenges and issues surrounding pro bono work.  In an interview (subscription required)  with Lexis Nexis, he explains that the big issue for pro bono is that these are difficult times for the legal profession, and they are difficult times for the pro bono movement.

The challenges facing pro bono are those that face the legal services market—most notably:

  • the unprecedented competition as a result of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007) reforms on the high street
  • legal aid cuts under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO 2012), and of course
  • the difficult economic climate that firms face

When asked what practice areas struggle to find pro bono lawye

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