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The perils of pro bono

While pro bono work has numerous benefits, professionals must take care to maintain the boundary between lawyer and client, writes David Cliff

28 March 2017

Many solicitors get involved in pro bono work. Derived from the Latin phrase pro bono publico – for the good of the public – it often draws lawyers and law students into giving up their time for those who have difficulty affording services otherwise.

Whether it’s a noble act of altruism, a gesture of compassion for those unable to otherwise access support, a principled stance, or a random act of human goodness, pro bono work can confer many benefits on its recipients. Injustices can be addressed, access to services that otherwise would not be available created, rights wronged.

Professionally, pro bono work, especially in rare and obscure cases that do not fit the norm, not only confers public good but also adds to the range of knowledge and experience a professional can acquire that might not be achieved as easily elsewhere. Pro bono work therefore provides...

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