At Avon & Bristol Law Centre we currently have funding from The Social Action Fund programme of the government Office for Civil Society to develop access to Legal Advice for Social Action throughout the South West region.
The project enables us to provide advice through a service aimed at helping community groups, smaller or newer charities and their governing bodies in the South West. The advice is aimed at those who would otherwise not be able to access the legal advice they need. It may involve help to understand general legal structures, specific constitutions, charity law and other legal issues which affect them.
We do not charge for the advice given at the Law Centre.
As part of the project we are seeking to develop “pro bono” access to relevant areas of law through making links with private sector solicitors and corporate law firms in the South West and to offer solicitors the opportunity to act as “volunteer solicitors” under the auspices of the Law Centre in relation to such groups.
Our aim in building links with private practice solicitors is part of an overarching purpose of identifying and developing sustainable legal advice networks for such groups, particularly where there may be an absence of other sources of support.
We think that the project provides a really valuable opportunity for law firms, individual solicitors and legal advisers to play a part in the development of sustainable legal advice systems for groups in the South West in areas where they may be needed.
If your firm is interested in providing pro bono advice to charities and community groups in the South West, or, if you are interested in giving some of your time to act as a volunteer solicitor under the auspices of the Law Centre, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Alternatively, if you or your firm currently provide pro bono advice to charities and community groups in the South West we would be interested in learning about how the advice is offered and whether you would like to make a link with our project.
If you have any general comments that you consider would be useful in the delivery of our project, again please do let us know.
You can contact the Project Development Worker Graham Partridge either
by telephone on 0117 916 7719
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can contact the Project Solicitor Holly Hawkins either
by telephone on 0117 916 7728
or by email at email@example.com