BACKGROUND OF THE CENTRE
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. The Centre is located at 48 Chancery Lane, in the heart of the legal district, and is currently home to nine organisations including the Bar Pro Bono Unit and LawWorks (the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group).
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 and to 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.
By drawing professional service providers together the Centre facilitates better communication to the advantage of those seeking access to justice. In doing so it supports the wide range of pro bono projects and brokerage which charities provide; 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.