Junior lawyers believe recession threatens pro bono work for charities, says Law Society

By David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online, 19 June 2009

But LawWorks charity says number of firms signing up has increased this year

Junior lawyers believe pro bono work is under threat because of the recession, according to a survey by the Law Society.

Of 213 respondents to the poll, carried out by the society's junior lawyers division, 58 per cent said they believed pro bono services would be cut.

But LawWorks, a charity that helps individuals and charities access pro bono legal services, said the number of firms offering their services in this way had actually increased.

"We've already hit our membership target for the year and it's only June," said Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of LawWorks.

"Lawyers have seen the need that has developed for pro bono services and they have responded. They've shown a genuine commitment to try to help."

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