National Pro Bono Week 2015 is fast approaching. Taking place from 2-6 November, please visit for a full list of events.

Not able to attend an event? Support pro bono by tweeting why pro bono is part of being a lawyer using the hashtags #WeDoProBono and #NPBW2015   Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram as well. There is a prize for the photo of the week!


CILEx Volunteers Sought For One Day Advice Clinic

CILEx Pro Bono Trust is holding a pilot legal advice clinic in the London area. Still in early planning, the clinic will be a one day only event held in the autumn with a focus on family law. If you are a family practitioner and interested in participating, please send your full name, contact details and your CILEx membership number to Valerie Robertson at

Colombian Caravana 2014 Report Launch

Concerned as we are about the erosion of access to justice here in the UK, we should not forget the plight of those in other parts of the world; and the very real dangers faced by those working to enable access to justice.

Colombia is recognised as the most dangerous place in the world for lawyers and the risks they face is the focus of the work of the Colombian Caravana which visited Colombia for the third time in August last year.

The delegation’s report will be launched on 29 April and the launch event promises to be a lively and interesting discussion around the challenges facing Colombian human rights lawyers and defenders as the Peace Process progresses, and ways in which we can raise awareness and support them at the international level.

The impressive line up of speakers comprises Ed Vulliamy (Guardian and Observer journalist), Adam Wagner (barrister and human rights blogger), Patricia Ayodeji (Barcelona-based British lawyer and Caravana delegate), and Caravana directors Sue Willman and Professor Sara Chandler.

There are more details below about the event which takes place on Wednesday 29 April from 6.30-8.30pm at The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ. If you’d like to come along please email to ensure a place.

Caravana Report Launch Event

Legal Support Trusts’ Fundraising

Logo for all the Legal Support TrustsSupported by  the Access to Justice Foundation, there is a network of Legal Support Trusts covering England and Wales.

Their function is to raise funds and distribute these to front line agencies such as Law Centres and others who provide free legal advice. This service is critically important as the means by which the most vulnerable gain access to justice; access which would otherwise be denied.

As we celebrate the 800th year of the Magna Carta’s encapsulation of the fundamental principles of access to justice and the rule of law, this year sees the most ambitious programme of fundraising events yet.

42 Legal Walks and 10 other events means there is definitely something for you to get involved with so check out the full list below and if you would like to help out or participate then contact the Legal Support Trusts’ Events and Fundraising Manager, Martha de la Roche.

Legal Support Trusts’ Programme 2015

Manchester Legal Walk – 2 October 2014 #legalwalk

Walking for Justice Logo

There is just a week to go but it is not tool late to join other advice agencies, law firms, barristers, law students and judges participating in this year’s Manchester Legal Walk on Thursday 2 October at 5pm to help raise desperately needed funds to support community legal advice.

For full details and to register a team please click here.

Manchester Legal Walk Poster 2014


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