What & Why?

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What do you mean by pro bono?

‘Pro bono’ is taken from a Latin term, pro bono publico which means for the public good. The legal community uses it to describe the provision of free legal services to those unable to afford them.  If a lawyer offers to take on your request on a pro bono basis, he or she will meet (or talk by phone) with you, agree what he or she can do for you (including signing an engagement letter that will describe in writing the work they will do and specify that you will not be charged) and get on with it. If you are represented on a pro bono basis, you will not be charged for the lawyers’ time.

[In some cases you may be asked to pay for certain expenses incurred by the lawyer or law firm, but this must be agreed with you in writing in advance. For example, if a law firm is helping your organisation to incorporate as a company, you may need to cover the cost of the registration fee set by Companies House]

Why would lawyers want to help someone for free? 

Lawyers spend years at university, law school or training on the job and we all believe that we have a responsibility to share that expertise with everyone, not just those who can afford it.  We know there are many solicitors and other legal professionals who want to contribute their legal skills to the arts and cultural community; in this economic climate there are many members of the arts community that could benefit from free legal advice.As such our group has decided to try and bring these groups together.

Our lawyers support the arts – some collect, some acquire knowledge in order to fully appreciate a particular art form, some know nothing about it other than that they like it! We all, however, recognise the importance of maintaining a thriving arts community and this is a way of trying to ensure it thrives and grows.

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