BACKGROUND OF THE CENTRE
The National Pro Bono Centre was created in 2010 (registered charity 1137708) and has been at 48 Chancery Lane since 19 October 2010.
The Centre houses the profession’s national clearing houses for legal pro bono work delivered in England and Wales: the Bar Pro Bono Unit, LawWorks (the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group) and the CILEx Pro Bono Trust (CILEx PBT).
The coming together of the three branches of the profession (solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives) in this way was an unprecedented move. It helps to improve joined-up thinking, co-ordination and collaborative working and provide a more efficient service to all stakeholders in pro bono – members of the public and the lawyers and voluntary sector agencies serving the public.
A number of other legal charities, including Access to Justice Foundation, London Legal Support Trust and Pro Bono Community are also housed within the Centre.
The Centre is designed to be a “hub” for pro bono charities across the sector and supports the wide range of pro bono projects and brokerage which the charities support, helping individuals and community groups all over England and Wales.
The office on Chancery Lane provides a central resource for charities who help people seeking pro bono legal advice and representation.
ATTORNEY GENERAL PRO BONO COMMITTEES
HOW TO JOIN THE NPBC
If your pro bono organisation is interested in being housed within the Centre, or simply being involved with its work, please contact us for more information.