Pro Bono – Law For the Public Good
When we undertake pro bono work, we want our efforts and expertise to have the widest and most beneficial impact possible. We therefore use the following criteria to assess whether or not we
are able to work on a pro bono basis:
- Area of legal specialism: the proposed work must relate to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision for children within the York/City of York Council area.
- Resources and financial means: the main focus for our pro bono work is on individuals who cannot afford to pay for specialist legal advice.
- Workloads: sometimes we cannot accept new pro bono instructions because we are already committed to other projects. We will only take on work if we can do it to the highest of standards and
the best of our abilities.
- Public interest: we may be willing to take on a matter pro bono if it raises important or novel legal questions of public interest.
- Conflicts: our professional duties require us to act in the best interests of our clients. So we cannot assist if the work would involve us in a conflict of interests with another
- Personal interest: our pro bono work is undertaken by individual lawyers on a voluntary basis. If one of our lawyers has a personal interest in a particular project, it is more likely to be
accepted on a pro bono basis.