The National Pro Bono Centre was established in 2010 (registered charity 1137708) with the aim of bringing together charities dedicated to the provision of pro bono legal services and access to justice.
For ten years the Centre was located on Chancery Lane, in the heart of the legal district, and provided a central resource for charities who help people seeking pro bono legal advice and representation.
The coming together of pro bono organisations in this way was an unprecedented move. It has helped to improve joined-up thinking, coordination and collaborative working, to provide a more efficient service to all stakeholders in pro bono. Through its work the Centre supports the wide range of pro bono projects and brokerage which charities provide; helping individuals and communities all over England and Wales.
Guy Beringer is Chair of The Legal Education Foundation, Co-Chair of the Bingham Centre Development Board, a Trustee of BAILII and an Honorary Bencher of Inner Temple. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006 and received a CBE in 2017 for services to pro bono work in the legal sector.
Stephen Crowne was Chief Executive of the Bar Council from June 2013 to August 2017. Before that he spent two years with Cisco, the networking giant, and five years as Chief Executive of BECTA, the UK Government education technology agency. His early career was mainly at the Department of Education culminating with a spell as interim Director-General for Schools.
Isabel is an Associate in Baker McKenzie’s Global Energy, Mining and Infrastructure group based in London. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors, as well as general corporate law matters. Isabel sits on Baker McKenzie’s Pro Bono Committee and is actively involved in the firm’s pro bono programme.
A former partner with City firm, Travers Smith, specialising in commercial property, and as part of the firm’s management committees for many years, Julian is now applying his experience to support the Centre in meeting the challenges it faces and exploring opportunities to build on what the Centre has achieved so far.