Pro bono

We know that many worthwhile causes and community projects need legal advice but lack the funding to pay for it. To help us select organisations where our contribution can be most effective, we belong to the LawWorks scheme, operated by the Law Society. We also help individuals by volunteering at local legal advice centres. Below are some of the projects we’ve been involved with:

  • Doing the legal work to establish the Cambridge Film Trust - the organisation responsible for running the Cambridge Film Festival, one of the UK’s largest annual film events
  • Advising on amendments to the constitution of the Humanitarian Centre, a charity working to support international relief and development
  • Running FLAG, a free legal advice group providing advice to individuals who can’t afford it. In Cambridge, we run this in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau. In Birmingham, we work together with the University of Birmingham Law School. We were recognised for our work managing FLAG in Cambridge at the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers’ Division Pro Bono Awards in 2009. Birmingham FLAG was recognised at the Birmingham Law Society and LawWorks awards, in conjunction with the Law Society, in 2011.
  • Advising the Stalham-with-Happing Partnership on its conversion to charitable status. Happing is involved in the regeneration of its local area through organising projects such as arts festivals and maintaining footpaths
  • Providing free advice for the setting up and charity registration of The Eastern Legal Support Trust (ELST) which was formed to raise funds to help legal advice agencies based in the East of England. The ELST is part of a nationwide, cross-profession initiative which includes the Access to Justice Foundation and six other Regional Legal Support Trusts across England