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Poverty and Pro Bono – LawWorks

November 2, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

In this Pro Bono week, we are look back over the last 20 years of pro bono and forward to the next 20 – after the disruption of Covid, and with so much unmet need what should be the priority for legal pro bono?

There are significant indicators that poverty may increase in future months given the upward pressures on prices, housing, childcare and living costs, the withdrawal of furlough and the Universal Credit uplift, combined with economic uncertainty and increasing personal debt levels. Most social welfare law issues remain outside of the scope of legal aid, but are these the areas that pro bono should be focussed on going forwards? How can pro bono make a bigger policy impact on welfare rights, serve those vulnerable to the on-going effects of the pandemic and push for positive changes in law and policy?

The focus of the session will be on UK rather than global poverty, and where pro bono can make an impact. Subjects that will be covered in the discussion include:-

  • The development of pro bono projects working on benefit appeals;
  • pro bono and employment rights for low paid and insecure workers alongside access to support and legal education; and
  • engaging lawyers in policy reform.

The panel of speakers includes:

  • James Sandbach, London Citizens Advice
  • Emma Lough, Director, Lawyers Against Poverty
  • Anela Anwar Chief Executive, Z2K 
  • Claire Hall, Lawyer, CPAG

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United Kingdom


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