Pro Bono Week 2021

The 20th annual Pro Bono Week will take place this year from 1st to 5th November 2021. It will offer an opportunity to recognise and support the voluntary contribution made by the legal profession across the UK in giving free legal help to those in need. 

Follow us on Twitter at @ProBonoWeekUK or follow the Pro Bono Week Linkedin page. The official hashtags this year are #ProBonoWeek and #WeDoProBono

The 20th anniversary of Pro Bono Week will be a pivotal moment to look ahead to the next twenty years of pro bono whilst also shining a spotlight on some of the key moments and cases from the past two decades. This look to the future will also coincide with the focus on climate change taking place in November with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

As in previous years, during Pro Bono Week organisations will be encouraged to organise events, comms and publications which focus on one of three topics:

  • Celebrating pro bono: commending those who give back and recent successes in pro bono.
  • Pro bono pathways: exploring the different ways lawyers can volunteer throughout their careers.
  • Effective pro bono: sharing best practice and discussing what makes an effective pro bono service.

Law firms, chambers, legal societies, charities, in-house lawyers, law schools and universities are encouraged to plan events or comms campaigns, both internal or external, to take place throughout the week. Many organisations will also take the opportunity to publish reports or launch new initiatives to an engaged pro bono audience. Events will be a mixture of online, in-person and hybrid events.

Pro Bono Week 2020 saw over 50 events take place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, involving over 2,000 attendees from all branches of the legal profession. The overarching theme was “Pro bono: Through the pandemic and beyond”. Visit our Wakelets for a round up of news from last year’s Pro Bono Week.

For help, or to tell us your plans, please contact Mary Dobson, project lead, at mary@probonoweek.org.uk