Pro bono

What Is It With Solicitors And Abseiling?

Look upwards when you’re walking along the street these days and chances are you’ll see several solicitors abseiling off buildings. Some law firms like Hill Dickinson and Hogan Lovells have their solicitors do it out of their office windows. Others pick big-name regional attractions to descend, like the Forth Road Bridge (Dundas & Wilson, Gateley),... Read more »

City Pro Bono Falls: Airfare Savings?

As City pro bono hours drop, Alasdair Stewart of pro bono charity LawWorks is buoyed by firms' greater appetite for 'boots-on-the-ground' projects Alex Aldridge’s much-discussed article on Legal Cheek yesterday about magic circle law firms’ plunging pro bono figures is one of those occasions where I’m not sure that the facts are showing the real... Read more »

Pro Bono Plunges Across The Magic Circle

As the slashing of the legal aid budget nears, it has become common to hear City law firms talked up as white knights ready to ride to the rescue of those no longer able to secure funding to take their problems to court. The trouble is, the amount of hours these firms devote to their... Read more »

Alternative Careers: Working for a Legal Charity

LawWorks’ Alasdair Stewart on why there's more to life than training contracts When I started my law degree, my thoughts were firmly focused on how it would aid a career in business. By the end of the course, I was moving to London to work for a charity. I was very fortunate to attend the... Read more »

Can Tension Between Legal Aid and Pro Bono Be Resolved?

Rather than criticise pro bono charities for "overselling" themselves, legal aid lawyers need to work with them, argues Alasdair Stewart Last month the Legal Action Group warned pro bono charities against making too much noise about the amount of pro bono assistance that they are helping to support - and the danger this poses. “The... Read more »

PRO BONO WEEK: OUT WITH A WHIMPER

Follow @AlasdairIS But despite the complaints from lawyers and disinterest from the press, the fact the event takes place at all represents major progress, says Alasdair Stewart National pro bono week took place last month, but I fear that it passed most people by. Despite a range of events taking place up and down the... Read more »