Carols at Temple Church

There is still time to book tickets for the perfect start to the last working week before Christmas and support two access to justice charities, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and LawWorks.

The evening will include Temple Church Choir singing a selection from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and sing-along congregation carols.

On Monday 18 December, from 5.30pm, the charities will host an evening of Christmas carols and readings at Temple Church, London EC4Y 7BB.

In addition a host of celebrity guests including Sherlock actor Rupert GravesSir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar, and Nemone Lethbridge will be attending to give Christmas readings.

Book now to be sure of this wonderful opportunity to get into the festive spirit!


Jordans Family Law Awards

The Trust is very honoured to have been asked to be part of the judging panel (which comprises members of the National Pro Bono Centre) for the Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. The Award is one of 19 prestigious Awards launched by Jordans Publishing to recognise the important work of family lawyers, and celebrate their many successes and outstanding achievements and past CILEx President Fran Edwards (herself an experienced family lawyer) is one of the main judging panel.

The Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of Year Award will be awarded to the individual whom the panel believes is the most worthy winner in light of any external nominations/testimonials, the quality of the pro bono legal services offered, recent reported cases in which the individual has acted and how their pro bono initiatives or services have benefited the community.

All types of lawyers are eligible for nomination so (calling our JIB members in particular!) if you are doing pro bono or working with someone else who does then do nominate here.

The Awards, which recognise a wide range of contributions from all parts of the profession both nationally and at regional level, will be handed out at a black tie dinner at the Ballroom South Bank on 29 November.

Also of interest to CILEx members will be the Family Law Chartered Legal Executive or Paralegal of the Year (the latter ensuring all members of CILEx may be nominated) Award which will be determined by online votes. Many CILEx members do family work and this is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the difference so many people make to the lives of others.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 23 June 2017 so there is no time to waste!

Access to Justice

One of the (many) reasons lawyers choose to do pro bono work is because of their fundamental commitment to the rule of law and the concept that this mandates access to justice for everyone.

Readers may therefore be interested in the interim report issued today by the Bach Commission* on Access to Justice which is available to download here. The report argues that, based on the extensive evidence heard to date, cuts to legal aid have created a two-tier justice system in which the poorest go without representation or advice. Setting the agenda for the final report, it proposes that minimum standards which ensure access to justice is a reality for all should be developed and enshrined in public policy.

There is a good deal more work to be done and to be sure of being able to accomplish that work, the Commission is looking to raise some additional funds to maintain indispensable research and secretariat support services. If you are interested in supporting the work then take a look at its crowdfunding page.

*I declare an interest as a member of the Commission …

National Pro Bono Week 2016

Representatives from CILEx, the Law Society and the Bar Council discuss the importance of pro bono work carried out by the legal profession, consider their experiences of doing pro bono and outline ways for individuals to get involved.

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It’s time to celebrate National Pro Bono Week 2016!

npbw-posterNational Pro Bono Week, 7-11 November 2016. Sponsored by CILEx, the Law Society and the Bar Council, the week will bring together members of the legal sector to celebrate the breadth and impact of pro bono services in the legal profession.

For more information about the week, please view the calendar of events. National Pro Bono Week events are open to all, unless stated otherwise.


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