Over the last 12 months, lawyers across the UK have provided pro bono legal advice and assistance to those affected by tragic events such as the London and Manchester terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. To mark National Pro Bono Week 2017, the Birmingham Law Society Pro Bono Committee invites you to hear from those involved in coordinating pro bono responses in times of overwhelming and urgent need. Our speakers will share their reflections on the difference that pro bono support made, how they mobilised in the wake of urgent events and what lessons they learned that might be useful to others.
This event is also an opportunity for Birmingham Law Society members to network and link up with charitable organisations and advice agencies from across the city who need your help. Come and find out how you can volunteer your time and legal expertise to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our region.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Time: 5.30pm - 8pm
Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017
Venue: Gowling WLG, Two Snowhill, Snowhill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6WR
We are extremely grateful to our sponsor
About our speaker
Speakers at this event will be Richard Miller. Richard has been Head of Justice at The Law Society of England and Wales since 2016. He is responsible for the Law Society’s work on pro bono and was instrumental in setting up the telephone helpline in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks.
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1992, and worked for 8 years in a small high street legal aid firm in Kent. In 2000, he became the first full time director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, where he was responsible for preparing the Group’s policy responses to a whole host of Government consultations. In August 2007, he became Head of Legal Aid at the Law Society, where since 2010 he has led the work against Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, and has been at the heart of the Society’s Access to Justice Campaign.
|Organise Your Own National Pro Bono Week Event in Birmingham
National Pro Bono Week is an annual event at the start of November, sponsored by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). This year National Pro Bono Week will be held from 6 – 11 November 2017. The aim of the week is to celebrate the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession across the year. We would encourage firms and chambers to organise your own events to celebrate National Pro Bono Week. Details of events taking place across the country can be found here: http://www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/event-calendar/
Two Snow Hill
Birmingham, B4 6WR