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'Once a year we take time to highlight the work of lawyers who day in and day out use their skills to support vulnerable people through the toughest times in their lives for no pay or reward. We mustn’t overlook pro bono work done in our country as it’s part of being a lawyer. Whilst pro bono can help fill gaps, it cannot ever be seen to be a replacement for legal aid. I want to thank all those who work to ensure there is access to justice.'Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:
'The legal profession is committed to providing free legal advice to many of the most vulnerable people in our society who would not be able to access legal help in any other way, particularly given the significant reduction in the number of people entitled to legal aid. We know of no other profession doing so much.Chairman of the Bar Council, Alistair MacDonald QC, said:
All this free advice is given on a voluntary basis reflecting lawyers' commitment to the communities in which they live and work and to our wider society.'
'The Bar’s pro bono contribution is both significant and vital to those in need of legal support. More than 3,600 barristers are on the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s volunteer panel, and nearly half of all barristers voluntarily contribute substantial funds to the unit each year. However, the BPBU is just one part of the Bar’s pro bono contributions. The profession’s work through the Free Representation Unit and other initiatives play an important role for those unable to obtain legal advice. National Pro Bono Week is an opportunity to recognise that contribution and encourage others to get involved.'View the full calendar of events: http://www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/event-calendar. Unless stated otherwise, National Pro Bono Week events are open to all.
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