Projects

The NPBC is committed to supporting pro bono work in all its forms and contributing to a range of projects and initiatives requested by those working in pro bono charities. We aim to be flexible, creative and respond to need. Some projects have been in place for a while and others are new.

Mentoring expansion
The NPBC is funding scoping an expansion of the successful ELAN mentoring model to benefit housing lawyers working within advice centres and pro bono charities

Pro Bono Week
Pro Bono Week offers an opportunity to recognise and support the voluntary contribution made by the legal profession across the UK in giving free legal help to those in need.

The In House Pro Bono Pledge
The In House Pro Bono Pledge is a way for in-house legal departments to demonstrate their commitment to pro bono through practical steps

Pro Bono Connect
Pro Bono Connect matches pro bono barristers and solicitors on civil matters for individuals, charities and community groups who cannot afford legal advice or representation.

Network for Justice collaboration
For a couple of years the NPBC has provided support and assistance to the Network for Justice, which collates knowledge, insights, and learning from a broad range of expert sources and shares these across a community of organisations and individuals who are all working to support access to justice.

Pro Bono Expert Support
PBES is a scheme jointly delivered by the National Pro Bono Centre and Pro Bono Connect to offer litigation support services to pro bono cases.

Pro Bono Case Study Pilot Scheme
Everybody loves a good story. Writing and collecting them is essential for providing examples of and celebrating the hard work of pro bono lawyers and helping to garner both media attention and funding.

Research Collation
The NPBC gathers external research on pro bono into one place on the Network for Justice website.

Impact Project
This project is focused on highlighting and uncovering best practice within impact evaluation of pro bono

Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee
The Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee of England and Wales was first established in 2002 by the former Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith.

Resource Development and Useful Information
In addition to signposting to organisations working in the pro bono sector and the resources they offer, we develop specific guides and information where gaps are identified.

Advertise your volunteer opportunities
One of our principal aims is to make the provision of pro bono assistance as easy as possible. The NPBC acts as a hub for sharing pro bono volunteering opportunities for students and legal professionals in a dedicated section on this website, which is regularly updated.

Event space brokerage
We are creating a register of event spaces that we will broker for pro bono organisations to use, so that they can focus their financial resources on their mission, rather than on hiring fees.

Vicarious trauma and working with vulnerable clients
A key issue in pro bono delivery is helping those with a range of vulnerabilities. We are exploring offering a range of support to staff working at pro bono charities as well as to pro bono lawyers.