WHO ARE WE?
The Birmingham Law Society Pro Bono Committee is made up of:
Linden Thomas, University of Birmingham, Solicitor and CEPLER Manager (Chair); Louise Foy, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Trainee Solicitor; Inez Brown, Harrison Clark, Partner; Julia Jones, Bevan Brittan, Associate; Hannah Ayers; Michael Bates, Birmingham Community Law Centre, Caseworker/Development Manager; Lucy Burrows, BPP University, Supervising Solicitor; Laura Charles, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Corporate Responsibility Manager; Laura Ralfe, Irwin Mitchell, Solicitor; Laura Oseland, Irwin Mitchell, Trainee Solicitor; Sophie Brambley, Thomson Reuters, Solicitor; Mark Taylor, Eversheds, Principal Associate; Imogen Francis, Shoosmiths, Solicitor; Abigail Halcarz, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Solicitor; Katherine King, Coventry Law Centre, Solicitor; Iqbal Mohammed, St Philips Chambers, Barrister; Kelly Schofield, Wright Hassall, Paralegal; James Dixon, No5 Chambers, Barrister; Natalie Marsden, Higgs and Sons, Trainee Solicitor; Sam Burns, University of Law, Pro Bono Co-ordinator & Supervising Solicitor; Lorna Gavin, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Head of Corporate Responsibility; Michael Young, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Associate; Nicola Ellen, Shoosmiths, Corporate Responsibility Consultant; Syma Rushd.
The Committee aims to: support; co-ordinate; promote; signpost and raise the profile of pro bono work amongst Birmingham Law Society members and the local community.
The Birmingham Law Society does not provide free legal advice, but the Pro Bono Committee can help! Our aims are to:
- signpost; and
- raise the profile
of pro bono work amongst Birmingham Law Society members and the local community.
"Pro bono" is the term for free legal help for someone who cannot afford to pay for legal assistance and is not entitled to legal aid. Pro bono complements, but is not a substitute for, legal aid.
Organisations who provide pro bono often need more volunteers. Through pro bono work you can give something back to your community and develop your legal skills and knowledge.