Finding pro bono opportunities
Produced in partnership with Joanna Kennedy of The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K)

The following Practice Management practice note produced in partnership with Joanna Kennedy of The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Finding pro bono opportunities
  • Sources of pro bono work
  • Working in partnership with a charity
  • Undertaking pro bono litigation
  • Examples of pro bono projects undertaken by law firms
  • International human rights work
  • Domestic tribunal advocacy
  • Evening advice clinic

Finding pro bono opportunities

This Practice Note provides information about different ways of identifying sources of pro bono work along with illustrative examples of pro bono projects that have been carried out by law firms. It is worth remembering that any legal work provided voluntarily by a lawyer or a firm for a charitable reason equates to pro bono work—the examples included in this Practice Note should not be taken as being exhaustive.

Sources of pro bono work

Two common approaches taken by law firms who want to provide pro bono support are to:

  1. work in partnership with a charity

  2. undertake pro bono litigation

You should not just take on any pro bono opportunity that arises—it is important to fully understand what the potential opportunity is, whether it is a good fit for your firm, and if the lawyers who will be undertaking the pro bono work have the time and skills required. Precedent: Pro bono—opportunity assessment form will help you assess the pros and cons of any potential opportunity that arises before making a decision on whether to proceed with the proposed project or initiative.

Working in partnership with a charity

Many firms do not regularly come across those who are in need of free legal services in the course of their daily practice. Those who wish to offer pro bono services usually do so by finding a charity

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