The Law Society recently launched a pro bono toolkit during National Pro Bono Week which Shoosmiths helped to compile. Entitled ‘ Developing a Pro Bono Programme – Guidance and Toolkit’ the document will be of interest either to firms developing a pro bono programme or those who would like to see the pro bono programme become more embedded.
The 27 page guidance explains by way of introduction what is meant by pro bono and the reasons why pro bono is undertaken. The document then provides tips on how to develop a strategy and programme including:
- Recording and capturing data
- Deciding how to focus your efforts
- Managing the programme
- Gaining and maintaining staff involvement
- Examples of pro bono models
- Risk and insurance
- Sourcing and choosing projects
- Internal and external reporting
- Organisations and charities you might wish to contact to assist or support you
Nicola Ellen, Corporate Responsibility Consultant who contributed to the text commented ‘I was delighted to learn that the Law Society was planning to produce this guide and was very happy to share some of our experiences. Via a network of colleagues, our ‘pro bono champions, we are involved in a number of pro bono projects and we are always looking at ways in which we can improve and extend such services.’
To find out more and to view the guide, click here.