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Access to Justice in an Age of Austerity: Is Pro Bono the Way Forward?

National Pro Bono Week event – panel discussion

Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre

Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre is hosting an event on the role of pro bono in the current legal environment.

  • From: Thursday 5 November 2015, 4 pm
  • To: Thursday 5 November 2015, 6 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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Event details

Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre is hosting an event on the role of pro bono in the current legal environment. The event will cover topics such as:

  • What role should pro bono have in the current legal system?
  • Is pro bono capable of dealing with cases no longer supported through legal aid?
  • Do legal aid cuts result in the public receiving a poorer service from pro bono volunteers?
  • Is it unqualified students or junior lawyers looking for experience behind the drive to do pro bono and are more senior members of the profession playing their part?
  • What are the benefits of pro bono for law students and junior lawyers?

About the CentreSince its opening on 25 June 2014, in excess of 220 Nottingham Law School students have been involved in the Centre, with more than 140 clients benefiting from free legal advice. The Centre has provided more than 10,000 hours of free advice to the local community in its first 12 months. The Centre has successfully represented and recovered in the region of £100,000 for clients with tribunal cases.

The Centre facilitates overseas placements and internships and international pro bono opportunities, which in 2014 saw students on placements in the USA and India tackle cases involving miscarriages of justice and human rights violations.

Nottingham Law School is part of Nottingham Trent University and has recently received an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence for the Centre.

"Those who have benefited financially from our legal culture need to invest in its roots. That is why I believe that more could – and should – be done by the most successful in the legal profession to help protect access to justice for all." – Michael Gove, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury.


The event is taking place in Chaucer Lecture Theatre 4 on the City site between 4 pm and 6 pm.

  • 4 pm – Registration and light refreshments.
  • 4.30 pm – Introduction and keynote speech from Andrew Philips.
  • 5 pm – Question Time style debate featuring a panel of legal professionals and NLS students.

"The legal profession is committed to pro bono and nearly half of solicitors in private practice average more than 50 hours per year. But pro bono is never a substitute for a properly funded system of legal aid, which needs skilled and experienced solicitors to provide expert legal advice to those who need it." – Andrew Caplen.

Booking information

If you wish to attend this event please email us. Please note that spaces are limited on the evening so do not delay in confirming your place.

Location details


Lecture Theatre 4, Chaucer building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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