This event took place at Liverpool Law Society on 24 November 2016, with the aim of matching people in the legal sector with opportunities to provide pro-bono advice, volunteer or help third sector legal advice organisations in a range of other different ways. The event was chaired by Matt Smith (Weightmans LLP) and was organised by Matt, Siobhan Taylor-Ward (Jackson Canter), James Organ (University of Liverpool), Liz Weeks and Sarah Poblete (both of Liverpool Law Society).
Steve Cornforth (EAD) gave an opening presentation on the importance of pro-bono and CSR in the Liverpool City Region. Seven speakers from third sector advice agencies each then gave a short presentation, focusing on the opportunities available for delegates to provide CSR and pro-bono assistance. Amy Heading (DLA) gave a closing speech on the benefits to law firms of doing Pro-bono and CSR before delegates continued to network with each other.
A total of 32 People attended the event, split as follows:
Our seven speakers from advice agencies highlighted the following opportunities where they require support:
They also propose to move to clients getting verbal advice at an appointment, followed by a letter from students confirming advice and to extend the service to run for a longer period in term time.
The Northwest Legal Support Trust (NWLST) is a grant-making charity, which raises and distributes funds to support free legal advice services and access to justice for all in the North West region of England.
The NWLST would like to appoint two new Trustees to its board. This will involve attending or dialling into board meetings in Manchester and assisting in the organisation of local fundraising events, particularly the Liverpool Legal Walk.
NWLST also asks that people take part in the following fundraising events, details of which can be found on the NWLST website:
Citizens Advice East Liverpool also seek solicitor volunteers who can, for example:
They would like the following support:
• Ad-hoc requests for advice – they are able to offer commercial property advice (subject to colleague’s availability) but would welcome the opportunity to reach out periodically for criminal law, housing, and immigration advice, to those happy to be contacted.