Speaking in the run-up to National Pro Bono Week, Julie Bishop, director of LCN, said that there is synergy between the pro bono work of lawyers in commercial firms and the ongoing presence and work of local Law Centres.
She said, ‘you can’t just put your chair down somewhere and offer advice. You need premises, insurance and administration, so you need funded agencies to be able to do pro bono work. The government expects pro bono to step into the breach but if organisations close there is nowhere to step in to.’
National Pro Bono Week, taking place between 5th-10th November, is a week long communications campaign to celebrate the contribution of lawyers through pro bono work and explore pro bono's role in access to justice.