Ulster University: Lawyers stepping forward when it matters – The role of pro bono in a cost of living crisis?

UU Talks Law podcast special episode – Pro Bono Week Special by UU Talks Law (anchor.fm) 

 Lawyers stepping forward when it matters The role of pro bono in a cost of living crisis?

Laura Hyde, Ulster Law Clinic Manager, talks to Dr Esther McGuinness and Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick about the history of Ulster Law Clinic and the role of pro bono services in promoting access to justice.

Faculty of Advocates’ Free Legal Services Unit (FLSU) – “Ready to Step Forward”

Join us in person for discussions and drinks reception as part of Pro Bono Week 2022.

Keeper of the Library of Faculty, Neil Mackenzie K.C, will give a short address. Thereafter the evening will provide an opportunity for representatives of agencies accredited by the Free Legal Services Unit of the Faculty of Advocates to meet our team in person, as well as representatives of other accredited agencies, along with other guests who do such valuable pro bono work.  Drinks and canapes will be provided at what will be an informative and enjoyable evening.

To RSVP to this event please register here

Pro Bono in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities: Cambridge University Law Society

Join us for our special CULS Pro Bono x Careers panel event this Friday to hear more about the challenges facing the legal and pro bono sectors from our distinguished panellists, ranging from the ongoing cost of living crisis to environmental challenges facing society as a whole. Panellists will also be discussing opportunities available for students to get involved in pro bono work. An informal drinks and canapés reception will follow the panel discussion for participants and panellists to interact and network. We look forward to seeing you there!


Nabil Khabirpour – Founder of The Law Corner

Professor Paul Watchman – Special Legal Adviser at UNEP Principles of Sustainable Development Net Zero Insurance Underwriters Alliance

Elisabeth Traugott (Barrister at Goldsmith Chambers

Doctor Jodi Gardner – College Lecturer in Law and Fellow of St John’s College


Venue: Fisher Foyer, St. John’s College Cambridge    

Registration: https://forms.gle/QLE2juuvDqdHZRQEA 

 In person only

Lawyers coming to the rescue: Pro Bono’s role in Global crises: Kings College London Pro Bono Society (For students only)

Every day we hear about tragedies happening all over the world, so how can you help if you choose a career in law? Join our panel event with solicitors, barristers and Pro Bono organisations discussing their projects aiding the Ukraine and Afghanistan Crises, the aftermath of the pandemic, and more. Learn how you can start playing a role now!

This panel event will be followed by networking. 


Olivia Clark – Pro Bono Senior Associate, DLA Piper 

Raihan Islam – co-founder and co-organiser of Everything Will Be Ukraine

Peter Saban – Associate, Arnold & Porter

Venue: To be confirmed 

Registration can be found here

 In-person event 

Lawyers stepping forward when it matters – An event for young lawyers held in partnership with: LYLG, MTYBA, JLSLA, the YBC and Advocate

Join us, the Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association (MTYBA), London Young Lawyers Group (LYLG), the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association (JLSLA), the Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) and Advocate on Tuesday 08 November between 6.15 – 9pm in The Princes’ Room at Middle Temple for a panel discussion (and hybrid on Zoom), followed by networking and refreshments.

The event will include a keynote address from the Solicitor General, Michael Tomlinson MP. The panel will share their experience of taking on pro bono both internationally and in the UK in response to crises, and explain more broadly how pro bono can be a beneficial part of the practice of junior solicitors and barristers. We hope this event will be an inspiring and informative event for young lawyers across the professions and hope to see you there!


  • Keynote address: The Solicitor General, Michael Tomlinson MP
  • Chair:  Nadya Rouben, Senior Associate, DLA Piper
  • Michael Polak, barrister at Church Court Chambers; Chair, Young Bar Committee
  • Marion Edge, Pro Bono Counsel at Dechert LLP
  • Catherine Meredith, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers
  • Olivia Clark, Solicitor, DLA Piper

Registration can be found here (in-person is SOLD OUT! Please register for Zoom tickets)

Arrive: 6:15pm 

Hybrid on Zoom: (18:30 to 19:30)

Networking: 19:30-21:00

Venue: Hybrid on Zoom (tickets available) and in person (sold out!): Middle Temple Hall (Princes Room), Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9BT


Lawyers Stepping Up – Focus on Ukraine – Eversheds Sutherland with DLA Piper and Asylum Aid

The Ukraine Advice Project was founded on 28 February 2022 to provide urgent, free and professional legal advice and information about UK resettlement options to people displaced and at risk due to the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine. We will be discussing the collaborative response to this humanitarian crisis by a group of lawyers, barristers, charity workers and immigration law specialists from across the UK.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by the Principal Pro Bono Lawyer at Eversheds Sutherland, Jane Cotton, who will be joined by:

  • Olivia Clark, Human rights lawyer and UK Pro Bono Manager at DLA Piper
  • Jennifer Blair, Barrister at No5 Chambers
  • Alison Pickup, Director at Asylum Aid
  • Khrystyna Chelak, Legal Project Manager at Eversheds Sutherland
  • Kateryna Balaban, Managing Director & Project Leader of UA.SUPPORT 

This event will be held online only due to a train strike announced for the 7th November 2022. The details on how to join remotely will be emailed to you after you register.

Online only Event

Registration can be found here

OFFICIAL LAUNCH Pro Bono Week 2022 – Cost of Living Crisis – **Virtual Event**

The official launch of the 21st 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.

This year, the Launch event will feature presentations to explain the current Cost of Living Crisis, and discussions on how the legal profession and pro bono sector can help respond.

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A.


  • The Attorney General, Victoria Prentis MP
  • Toby Brown, Chair, Pro Bono Week organising committee
  • Joanna Elson CBE, Chief Executive, Money Advice Trust
  • Yasmin Waljee OBE, International Pro Bono Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • James Sandbach, Development Manager, London Citizens Advice

**Owing to rail strikes, The Pro Bono Launch Event will now take place on Zoom**.

Registration link can be found here

We hope you can join us and celebrate the power of pro bono.

18:30-19:30 Presentations (Zoom)

Venue: Online