Bar Pro Bono Hub

Many barristers devote their time to pro bono work, whether that be providing legal advice or representation for free to those in need, or by volunteering their skills in another capacity, such as giving careers advice in schools, acting as a trustee, even coaching a team of students for a mock trial competition. 

The Bar Pro Bono Hub has been created in conjunction with the Bar Pro Bono Board to demonstrate the varied and important work barristers do on a pro bono basis. 


              What is the Bar doing on pro bono?

The Bar Council established the Bar Pro Bono Board in 2016. Find out who sits on the Board and about its role here.

The Bar Pro Bono Unit is the Bar's national charity that makes it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community.  The Unit matches members of the public who need help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

The Unit is an application based service which members of the public can access via referral from advice agencies, law centres, or their local MP. Over 3600 barristers including a third of all QC's have committed to take on pro bono cases on behalf of our applicants.  


                    Pro bono at the Bar in action

Bar Prono Unit Award Winner 2016

Nine chambers recognised for charity

Journalist says thanks to pro bono lawyers

Guest Blog: Is pro bono the way forward?

Guest Blog: Bar Pro Bono Unit Chief Executive - why the Bar's voluntary work is so vital

Bar Pro Bono Unit - Blog Page

Bar in the Community Case Studies

National Pro Bono Week 2016

Legal Walks 2017 ( Bar Council's Fundraising Page)


How do barristers provide pro bono support?

Through what route do barristers provide pro bono support?

% taking route and range in hours volunteered

Bar Pro Bono Unit

(21%) 1-100 hours pa

Other Schemes e.g. CLIPS etc.

(8%) 2-30 hours pa

Legal Advice Centres

(6%) 1-240 hours pa

Informally through a solicitor

(37.5%) 1-800 hours pa

Direct Access

(18%) 1-400 hours pa


(14%) 2-300 hours pa


Pro bono opportunities for barristers

There are many ways that barristers can get involved in pro bono work. Click here to find out what pro bono opportunities there are. 

Why do pro bono?

Experiences and case studies from the Bar