I was honoured and delighted to be invited to attend the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards ceremony in London this week, held at Linklaters.
LawWorks is a charity committed to enabling access to justice through free legal advice. They use their experience and expertise to help ensure that pro bono resources are targeted where they can be most effective and have the greatest impact.
The awards offered us a chance to celebrate the great work that is done on a pro bono basis by individuals and organisations throughout England and Wales.
The breadth of work undertaken is immense with legal advice and representation being offered from helping identifying and filing in forms all the way through to representation in court. It is clear that all legal practitioners can offer pro bono work in one form or another.
The awards host was Joshua Rozenberg who having been a lawyer himself guided the proceedings with clarity and wit.
With so many stories being highlighted for the great works being done, the winners were rightly congratulated and applauded by their peers. Not least, Emma Williams won the best contribution by a small firm for advising 70 clients on child contact matters in Wales.
The best in-house team award went to Hilton Worldwide who advise a number of small charities who cannot afford legal advice.
The most effective pro bono partnership is an interesting category and one that I intend to investigate further for the PPR. It would be good if a Paralegal team could partner with a Citizen’s Advice Bureau or University to offer Pro Bono advice clinics.
If you are interested in getting involved with Pro Bono work then please contact us.
That just leaves me on behalf of the PPR to congratulate lawyers everywhere who give up their time to offer help and support to those in need of legal assistance.