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Meeting the pro bono needs of start-ups and students

Advice services can include commercial and business law as well the social justice and welfare work traditionally undertaken by high street practices, explains Jackie Panter

11 July 2017

The number of people who have limited resources but need to access legal services is always increasing. As has been documented by the legal press, a huge range of pro bono work is undertaken by the professions to meet some of the need for advice and assistance in our local communities. A recent example of this is how lawyers stepped in to provide practical legal support in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, Grenfell Tower fire, and Finsbury Park attack.

Coverage of pro bono work often focuses on the areas of social justice and ‘high street work’, such as welfare rights and housing law. Manchester Law School has been working in partnership with 12 external organisations to provide pro bono opportunities for law students in a range of disciplines and activities. This has provided support for organisations such as the Personal Support Unit at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre. It meets a community need f...

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