Pro Bono Week 2021

The 20th annual Pro Bono Week took place from 1st to 5th November 2021. It offered 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

For a roundup of each day of Pro Bono Week 2021, including tweets, media stories and videos, see our Wakelets for day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5 (to come). Also visit our 2021 youtube playlist.

The 20th anniversary of Pro Bono Week was 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 coincided 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 were encouraged to organise events, comms and publications which focused 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 were encouraged to plan events or comms campaigns, both internal or external, to take place throughout the week. Many organisations also took the opportunity to publish reports or launch new initiatives to an engaged pro bono audience. Events were a mixture of online, in-person and hybrid events.

Last year, 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 Pro Bono Week 2020.

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