Pro bono costs are like ordinary legal costs, but where a party had free legal representation. If a civil case is won with pro bono help, pro bono costs can be ordered by the court, or included in settlements.
The costs cover any period when free representation was provided, and the amount is based on what a paying client would recover. The legislation (s.194 Legal Services Act 2007) requires the costs to be paid to the prescribed charity, the Access to Justice Foundation.
The Foundation then distributes the money to agencies and projects that give free legal help to those in need.
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Specific quick guides are available:
You can find additional material and additional links on the Access to Justice Foundation's website.