During the past 5 years the Law Centre has worked closely with diyLAW. During this time they have placed several pro bono volunteers with us. Volunteers are required to carry out 50 hours pro bono work assisting our solicitors with clients and casework in areas of Social Welfare Law.
The majority of the pro bono volunteers assist our Asylum/Immigration Senior Solicitor with her work. Tasks include carrying out country research for Asylum claims, drafting detailed chronological background information on clients, research on country experts for preparation of reports, preparing court bundles and indexes and general admin tasks such as the photocopying and scanning of client documents.
We have always found the attitude and work ethic of the diyLAW pro bono volunteers to be professional, of high standard and all are very capable of carrying out the various tasks assigned to them. Their assistance helps free up valuable time for our solicitors to spend more time on urgent casework.
Without the pro bono volunteers the Law Centre would struggle to meet the demands for our service, especially at a time when cut backs to Legal Aid and funding in the charity advice sector have lead to a reduction in staffing.
We are thankful for the help and assistance provided by diyLAW. We hope to continue with the pro bono placements from them in the future, thus enabling us to continue to reach out and assist some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community of Brent.
Office & Volunteer Manager
Brent Community Law Centre
389 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2JR
direct Tel: (0208) 20 82 08 57 00 reception Tel: (00 44) (020) 8451 1126
This blogpost is for information purposes and should not be relied upon as legal advice because it does not consider or take into account your own personal circumstances. If in doubt, seek legal advice.