National Pro Bono Week 2016—facilitating pro bono work

National Pro Bono Week 2016—facilitating pro bono work

Civil society organisations are often well-placed to match local needs with the resources available and the delivery of pro bono is no exception. As part of National Pro Bono Week 2016, Nimrod Ben Cnaan of the Law Centres Network (LCN) explains how law centre staff take an active role in managing the time of pro bono lawyers and help to adopt models of best practice that are slowly taking shape on an international level.

Volunteer time managed by specifically trained professional staff can, experience suggests, offer incisive legal interventions.

What is the first step by which law centres facilitate legal volunteers in providing pro bono assistance?

Let me take your questions from a law centres perspective, which differs from the perspective of solicitors in private practice or the self-employed Bar.

Law Centres employ salaried solicitors, comprising most of their staff teams, to deliver legal advice. Our engagement with legal volunteers, that is, lawyers doing pro bono work, is in two primary ways. First, law centres refer clients to a pro bono lawyer if they can’t help them (for a variety of reasons, such as no funding, no expertise in-house, or no capacity to take on new cases at the time) but the pro bono lawyer can. This is occasional and arrangements vary fr

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