An Explosion of Legal Philanthropy? The Transformation of Pro Bono Legal Services in England and Wales

Boon, A and Whyte, A. 2022. An Explosion of Legal Philanthropy? The Transformation of Pro Bono Legal Services in England and Wales. in: Cummings, S., De Sa E Silva, F. and Trubek, L. (ed.) Global Pro Bono: Causes, Consequences, and Contestation Cambridge Cambridge University Press.

Chapter titleAn Explosion of Legal Philanthropy? The Transformation of Pro Bono Legal Services in England and Wales
AuthorsBoon, A and Whyte, A.
EditorsCummings, S., De Sa E Silva, F. and Trubek, L.
Abstract

This chapter considers the evolution of legal services pro bono publico (pro bono) in England and Wales. Since the medieval period there have been significant changes in patterns of pro bono delivery. This transformation has occurred in a number of different phases, with a significant period of development occurring in the 1990s. In the present day there has been an expansion of pro bono services to such an extent that their value rivals the provision of civil legal aid. This has been achieved with significant changes in the architecture of delivery and the typology of services delivered. The chapter considers whether the distinct phases in the development of the pro bono culture of the legal profession suggests a rupture in the genealogy of pro bono. It explains how the current phase is unlike any of its predecessors, characterised as it is by a marked increase in levels of pro bono activity, arguably fuelled by the growth in pro bono infrastructure and more positive culture of pro bono which this engendered. The chapter’s analysis concludes there is a new culture of lawyer pro bono in England and Wales, with an innovatory infrastructure and broader engagement from major players in the field of law

KeywordsPublic philanthropy
legal welfarism
corporate social responsibility
evolution of pro bono
types and volume of pro bono work
Solicitors Barristers and pro bono
legal profession in England and Wales
Book titleGlobal Pro Bono: Causes, Consequences, and Contestation
Year2022
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication dates
Published07 Apr 2022
Place of publicationCambridge
ISBN9781108476157
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