The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has had its Pro Bono Forum approved as a registered charity.
The new charity status will allow ILEX Pro Bono (IPB) to assist more people who may not be able to afford legal services.
Vice-president of CILEx Nick Hanning, who has been elected as chair of the charity, said: “What is so exciting about the new structure, is that we can bring in lay trustees which will give us a broader base for our governance and management and means we can broaden our work as well.”
IPB will be meeting with trustees at the end of the month (February) to develop a strategy for 2012.
The news follows CILEx officially receiving its Royal Charter, which has boosted its standing in the legal profession by promoting high standards of ethical conduct, efficiency and training and through maintaining public confidence (31 January 2012).