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 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.


National Pro Bono Week 2015 is fast approaching. Taking place from 2-6 November, please visit www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/event-calendar/ 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 vrobertson@cilex.org.uk

Trafford Thrive Pro Bono Networking Event

Image of word VolunteerOne of our missions is to scotch the old chestnut that pro bono is to be seen as a ‘bad’ thing because it is only lawyers who do it.

Leaving aside the false logic, it is untrue. According to data from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, an estimated 15.2 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK.

In Trafford, motivated by the 30th National Volunteering Week in June, Thrive Trafford and Trafford Council have developed the Thrive Pro Bono Bank. This enables local professionals to commit some of their time to sharing their expertise with the voluntary sector and others.

Thrive will be hosting a networking event on 11th September at Sale Point, 126-150 Washway Road in Sale between 5pm and 7pm for professionals interested in joining the Pro Bono Bank.

For a good exposition of why this is such a good idea read this post by Dan Sodergren and click here for more details including how to join and how to register.

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