Attorney General honours pro bono heroes

The work of UK’s top ‘pro bono heroes’ was celebrated at a Parliamentary reception earlier this week ahead of National Pro Bono Week 2009.

Pro bono enthusiasts from across the country attended a reception at the House of Lords on Tuesday hosted by the Attorney General Baroness Scotland QC.

More than 50 of the pro bono heroes who attended the event were nominated by members of the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee, made up of representatives of the legal profession and the voluntary sector, for their exceptional contributions to pro bono work across the country.

Baroness Scotland said: “It’s not in the nature of those who act pro bono to seek out recognition or praise for their efforts. The reception is a way of celebrating the work the pro bono heroes carry out, all over this country and the impact it has on those who need legal advice and assistance but would otherwise be denied it.”

The reception is just one of a series of events across the UK to mark National Pro Bono Week, sponsored by the Law Society, Bar Council and Institute of Legal Executives.

National Pro Bono Week is a nationwide campaign to celebrate the extensive range and impact of free services provided by lawyers, often in collaboration with law schools and charities across the world.

Events to mark the week start on Monday (9 November) and go on throughout next week and will officially be kicked off by the Joint National Pro Bono conference in London and Manchester on 9 November.

Various law firms and legal educational providers will highlight the importance of pro bono work with fundraising events throughout the week.

For a list of events click here.