Organised by Westminster and Holborn Law Society, the launch of its Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility Committee took place on Tuesday 2 April.
Graham Coy, Partner and Alice Wightman, Senior Solicitor from the Stowe Family Law London Chancery Lane office attended the event.
“Alice and I attended this launch at the invitation of Shaila Pal, Assistant Director of Clinical Legal Education & Supervising Solicitor at King’s College Law Faculty, who is chairing the Committee.
The idea is to encourage as many solicitors as possible to contribute their time in helping the not for profit sector on a pro bono basis.
With the virtual abolition of “legal aid”, there are a growing number of people who are unable to access legal advice and representation.
Access to justice is a basic human right in a democracy and as a direct consequence of ‘legal aid’ cuts fewer members of the public are unable to exercise that right properly in the absence of legal advice.
The voluntary sector is trying to fill this void, but it is an enormously difficult task with limited resources and the launch of this committee is an attempt to help.
Pro bono work can take the form of advice directly to clients as well as advice to the charities who organise the clinics which provide that advice, e.g. in relation to leases for their premises, HR and compliance.
In central London, we have a wealth of talent covering numerous areas of the law and we all hope that this can be used for the benefit of those less fortunate than ourselves.”
Graham Coy & Alice Wightman