Horizon Legal Advice Clinic – Vacancy

Horizon Legal Advice Clinic, provides free legal advice to members of the public in the Barking & Dagenham and Newham areas.

The focus of its clinic is on Personal Independence Payment (“PIP”) & Employment and Support Allowance (“ESA”). It recently concluded a pilot scheme for the clinic between October 2016 and Jan 2017, and will be scaling up on Tuesday 21 March 2017 in order to help even more clients. To cope with the increased number of clients the clinic will help, it would like to bring on board a clinic supervisor with expertise in PIP and ESA.

For more detail about the role* please click here but note the deadline has been extended as the Clinic have not yet found the right person for the role.

*The criteria listed mandate the applicant is a solicior with a practicising certificate so CILEx members should clarify that before applying


CILEx Pro Bono Survey 2016

For the 15th time, National Pro Bono Week has served as an impressive reminder of the enormous contribution the profession as a whole makes to access to justice through pro bono work. Many of our members already do pro bono work and many more would like to but face barriers in doing so.

As mentioned in a recent article in the CILEx Journal, the CILEx Pro Bono Trust is keen to explore the detail behind those rather general statements. Ideally, we would ask every single member of CILEx what they do but that isn’t terribly practical. Instead, we’ve designed a short survey and we’re asking as many CILEx members as possible to complete it so we can try to identify what pro bono work our members are doing and, if they are not doing any, what the barriers are.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete but you can preview the questions if you’d like to prepare before answering. In particular, if you have done some pro bono over the last 12 months, we will ask you to estimate the amount you have done. You may therefore want to do a little reflection about this before starting the survey.

Besides helping us collect this important information, completing the survey may earn you some dosh. There are 3 prizes of Amazon vouchers to be won; a top prize of £100 and 2 more of £50. To be eligible for this prize* you need to complete your entry and include your email address by midnight on Friday 9 December 2016. Please spread the word.

Click here to review the questions

Click here to do the survey


*The winning entries will be selected by random draw after 9 December 2016 by the Trustees whose decision will be final. Only paid up members of CILEx are eligible for the draw and current serving trustees of CILEx Pro Bono Trust may not enter the draw.

CILEx Pro Bono Award

Every year CILEx and CILEx Pro Bono Trust seek out an outstanding member of CILEx who is committed to, and can demonstrate excellence in legal pro bono and voluntary work. Those who do pro bono are a modest bunch so the search is tough and we need help but every year we are humbled by the dedication of our amazing members..

Are you a CILEx Member who has done pro bono work? Do you know a CILEx Member who has done pro bono work? If so, please nominate yourself or that person you know for the CILEx Pro Bono Award.

Generously sponsored by Kings Court Trust, the CILEx Pro Bono Award recognises the dedication and commitment of an outstanding individual who, in addition to their daily work, has contributed to the community through giving their time without charge to help others by providing work of a legal nature.

The judges look for someone who has given generously of their time to undertake difficult, socially or morally important cases, to work for charities, pro bono legal help groups, voluntary organisations or the community.

The Award is important because not only does it recognise the work of the individual award winner but it also highlights the work being done by so many members every single day. So, please, if you know a suitable candidate do put them forward.

To read about previous winners, please follow these links:

Adrian Schwab – Winner in 2015

Saria Bashir – Winner in 2014

Previous winners

The closing date for nominations for the 2016 CILEx Pro Bono Awards is 9am on Monday 29 August so get your skates on! Find out more about how to nominate here or email:nominate@cilex.org.uk.

Access to Justice Foundation seeks Volunteer Interns

Access to Justice LogoThe Access to Justice Foundation is currently recruiting for volunteer interns to help with the administration of the Foundation and the local Legal Support Trusts

Volunteers must be available for a minimum of 5 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months, to start as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 1 April. For more information and details of how to apply please use the link below:

2015 March Voluntary Internship Opportunities

Bar Pro Bono Award Winner Announced

Many congratulations to Monika Sobieki of Pump Court Chambers who has been awarded the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award for 2014 in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work.

Monika was recognised for two separate acts of pro bono work, firstly for setting up an innovative legal advice clinic at the Hackney Winter Night Shelter that provides free legal advice on housing, immigration, welfare benefits and family law to a small proportion of some of the most destitute members of society; and for volunteering her services through the Employment Lawyers Association ‘100 Days Project’ to represent a vulnerable client in a complex ten-day disability discrimination case against a well-known retail brand.

David Malone of 18 Red Lion Chambers received a special mention from the judging panel after being nominated by Eve Thomas, a former pro bono client, for 12 months of work she described as ‘Herculean’. A year ago Eve, a survivor of domestic violence, was being threatened with contempt of court for refusing to reveal her ‘safe address’, fearing her abusive ex-husband would obtain this information. Coining the phrase “Eve’s Law,” David and Eve launched a national campaign to ensure that the safe addresses, and the confidential details of victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, were protected by the courts and other agencies.

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