The Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity which helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers.


We will not accept new applications from 7th February as we implement a new way of working. Our service will reopen on 1st March 2018.


It may take up to 4 weeks for us to process applications throughout March so if you have a deadline earlier than 1 April 2018 please look for help from one of the following places:

• If you are going to court without a lawyer and would like to be accompanied by a volunteer, please contact our friends at the Personal Support Unit.

• If you need advice please use the LawWorks or Citizens Advice networks.

• If you need help preparing a case please use the online guides on AdviceNow.

• If you have any funds please contact a barrister directly through the Direct Access Portal

News & Events

Bar Pro Bono Award 2017: Winner Announced!

6 Nov 2017

Tanya Murshed is the winner of the Bar Pro Bono Award 2017 for her outstanding pro bono work assisting convicted individuals on death row in Uganda. A special commendation has also been awarded this year to Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, in recognition of her outstanding long-term contribution to assisting on human rights issues around the world. 

From the Blog

Law School Challenge 2016/17 - Results

Rebecca Heald

The Law School Challenge is an annual event which encourages students to come together and support both the Unit and LawWorks by fundraising in their Universities/Sixth Forms. The Challenge ran from October 2016 and concluded on 14th April 2017.