What is pro bono?
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:

  • What is pro bono?
  • What is pro bono?
  • What is the difference between CSR and pro bono work?
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Pro bono work
  • What is the value to the firm of pro bono work?
  • Firm’s values
  • Improved quality of recruitment and retention
  • Improved training
  • Personal satisfaction
  • More...

What is pro bono?

Many lawyers recognise it is a privilege to be able to provide legal advice and representation and be a part of the legal system. With this privilege comes a responsibility to help ensure that everyone has access to justice. This Practice Note provides information about what pro bono is, and the reasons why law firms may choose to undertake some form of pro bono work.

What is pro bono?

The term pro bono is the commonly used shortened version of the Latin phrase ‘pro bono publico’ meaning ‘for the common good’.

It is usually used as shorthand for pro bono legal work, eg where free legal advice is provided voluntarily by a lawyer or firm to individuals, charities or community groups who cannot afford to pay for it.

Pro bono work should always be an addition to, and not a substitute for, properly funded legal services. Many believe that pro bono services should only be offered in circumstances where the work is completely outside the scope of publicly funded services. Others think if it would be difficult to find a competent lawyer to provide the service required on a publicly funded basis it is legitimate and desirable for pro bono lawyers to fill the gap.

What is the difference between CSR and pro bono work?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

CSR is the term used throughout the corporate world

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