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OFFICIAL LAUNCH Pro Bono Week 2020: panel debate; beyond the pandemic
November 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The official launch of the 19th Pro Bono Week, recognising and supporting the voluntary contribution made by lawyers across the UK in giving free legal help to those in need. In this year of unprecedented challenges, for both the voluntary and legal sectors, pro bono legal help has never been more important.
The launch event will take place online, and will host a panel of speakers from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, each exploring the role of pro bono through the pandemic, and discussing how we can build on the understanding gained this year.
We hope you can join us online for what promises to be an interesting evening.
18:00 Joining & networking
18:30 Welcome and panel session
The panel will be chaired by Catherine Baksi (award-winning legal journalist and barrister), with the following panellists:
- Elizabeth Archer & Jasmine Ashley-Tagoe (representing England). Elizabeth is the Service Design Lead at Toynbee Hall, and Jasmine is the manager of the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) at Toynbee Hall. FLAC ran online clinics this year with the support of pro bono partners and also offers online triage to clients.
- Mungo Bovey QC (representing Scotland). Mungo is a practising QC, Keeper of the Library of the Faculty of Advocates and Convenor, Faculty of Advocates’ Free Legal Services Unit.
- Lord Stephens (representing Northern Ireland). Lord Stephens is a Northern Ireland judge who serves as a Justice of the United Kingdom Supreme Court.
- Nathan Vidini (representing Wales). Nathan is the Founder and Director of AltraLaw: the UK’s first not-for-profit law firm, which launched in March this year and asks all employees to meet an annual pro bono target.