National Pro Bono Aspirational Target
Show your commitment to the professional responsibility of all lawyers to provide pro bono legal services to address the unmet legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged in the community by signing up to a target of 35 hours per lawyer per year.
What is the Target?
The National Pro Bono Aspirational Target is a voluntary target that law firms, individual solicitors and barristers can sign up to and strive to achieve the target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year. The Target amount of 35 hours was chosen in consultation with the legal profession. It reflects what many lawyers are already doing and represents the minimum number of hours of pro bono legal services that all lawyers should aspire to undertake.
For further information about the development of the Target, click here. A brief history of the first five years of the Target can be found in the Fifth Annual Performance Report on the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target (2012). All Performance Reports are located in the Research Reports and Guides section of this site.
Why have a Target?
The Target was launched on 26 April 2007 with the aim of raising the profile of a lawyer’s professional responsibility to enhance access to justice for people who would not otherwise have access to legal assistance, to work for the public good, and to highlight the shared nature of that responsibility across the legal profession.
What can be counted?
Only pro bono legal services can be counted for the purposes of the Target. While other community service is important and applauded, the Target is focused on encouraging lawyers to undertake the legal work that only lawyers are qualified to do and removes barriers to accessing justice. See the Guidance Notes for detail on what can be counted.
Who has already signed up?
Many law firms, individual solicitors and barristers have already signed up and achieve the Target each year. As at 30 June 2014, the Target covers over 12,000 lawyers. We encourage lawyers to sign up as individuals, even if the firm or chambers where they work has already signed up.
For a list of signatories to date, click here.
How can I sign up?
You can sign up now in three easy steps:
- Read the Statement of Principles that is relevant to you
- Click here if you are a law firm
- Click here if you are a barristers' chambers
- Click here if you are an individual lawyer
- Click on “I agree”
- Provide a few simple contact details
For FAQs, click here.
For annual reports on performance against the Target please refer to Research Reports and Guides.
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