Pro Bono scheme established by Oliver Hyams

Pro Bono Community, a scheme that accredits law students and trainees to give advice at Law Centres and other advice agencies, has been launched by Oliver Hyams, a pupil barrister at 1 Essex Court, and David Dowling, a trainee solicitor at Baker & McKenzie.

Students who complete the first phase of training will be able to take a more detailed module in which they can specialise in a specific area of law such as welfare benefits.

The scheme has the support major law schools and firms including Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Bates Wells Braithwaite, CMS, Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Hogan Lovells. The Legal Education Foundation is also helping to fund the scheme.

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